We recently invited more than 120 sustainability leaders from across our business to participate in our 2nd annual Beca Sustainability Summit.Our subject matter experts from New Zealand, Australia and Singapore attended, representing the breadth of our specialty services and teams across - climate change and sustainability advisory, digital solutions, community shaping, buildings, transport and infrastructure, power and water.
The group came together to deliver on the Summit’s purpose; connect, share knowledge, and learn from each other about how to best serve our clients and employees with sustainability at the heart of everything we do.
Our purpose of “make everyday better” was ever-present throughout the day, starting with an opening by Amelia Linzey, Advisory Group Director and Sustainability Co-Chair. She welcomed delegates and presented a compelling address which highlighted the considerable gap between our probable and preferable futures, and a call-to-action to make everyday better in the future, as well as today.
Tom Kelly, Director Sustainability – Handprint, delivered a keynote address ‘Up the Maunga’ followed by Genevieve Smith, Principal – Sustainability and Climate Change Advisory, who presented a celebration of sustainability-driven success stories from around the business. The morning session closed with Industrial Group Director and Sustainability Co-Chair, Jimmy Walsh who provided a Group strategy update and its role as a driving force in delivering on our sustainability goals.
The lead for our client-related sustainability services, also known as “handprint”, Tom Kelly said about the Summit:
“What I’m most impressed about Beca so far is the people and their impassioned and tireless desire to transform our world alongside our clients, through genuine partnership. The Summit was another reminder that in addition to always seeking ways to reduce our operational footprint, we’re able to influence our clients' sustainability performance by implementing practical solutions in the design and delivery of their projects.”
The afternoon session focused on interactive workshops on improving Beca’s handprint, footprint and the key issues facing the clients and communities we work with every day. In between workshops we heard from employees from across the business highlighting some of our most innovative projects in the sustainability space over the past 12 months.
Check out our newly released Sustainability Report for the 2021/22 financial year, or find out more about our climate change services and wider sustainability strategy.
See also December 2022