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Our approach to Sustainability

Engineering Sustainable Futures

Making a positive contribution to the social, economic and environmental challenges our industry faces.

Through Engineering Sustainable Futures we have set out our commitment to creating high-quality careers, enabling low-carbon living and generating value for society.

Watch our video to learn what sustainability means for us.

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Health and Safety

Group AFR (2012/13: 0.21)
Group DIFR (2012/13: 0.35)
Group AAFR (2012/13: 3.19)
Health and safety training (2012/13: £8.9m)

Our goal: To protect the health and safety of everyone involved in or affected by our operations, eliminating all accidents by 2020.


Non hazardous waste recycled, UK
Reduction in energy use (against 2012/13 figures), UK

Our goal: To minimise the negative impacts of our operations and maximise the quality of the built environment for future generations.


Profit per head (2012/13: £12,800)
Women in senior leadership positions
Training, development and education networks (2012/13: £19.4m)

Our goal: To attract, develop and retain world-class talent, creating an environment that inspires our people to give their best and makes human capital one of our greatest strengths.


R&D and DfMA (2012/13: £30.0m)

Our goal: To grow our business by delivering superior engineering strategies that meet the needs of individual clients, while responding to the wider challenges facing our industry.


Corporate donations (2012/13: £429k)

Our goal: To work with the communities in which we operate to deliver truly transformational projects that enable economic progression and leave behind a positive public legacy.


Laing O'Rourke's safety and sustainability report has been independently assured by sustainability experts, DNV GL, in accordance with the globally recognised AA1000 Assurance Standard (2008). To verify key claims within this report, they have examined supporting evidence, interviewed senior personnel, and visited our projects, offices and other facilities. Click here to read the assurance statement.