Sustainable Development Report Released by Golder Associates

Aug 29, 2012

Golder Associates, a global consulting, design and construction services organisation driven by its purpose to engineer earth's development while preserving earth's integrity, has produced its first-ever Sustainable Development Report.

The report, which can be found at www.sustainabledevelopment.golder.com, describes in depth the company's journey toward sustainable development, and highlights the significant progress to date, as well as the milestones that have been set toward 2015.

The report conforms to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) B Grade standards and includes Golder's reporting data on 27 indicators such as energy usage, company governance, financial performance, and contributions to philanthropic efforts. GRI, a non-profit organization that promotes economic, environmental and social sustainability, provides companies and organizations with a comprehensive sustainability reporting framework that is widely used around the world. 

"This report puts a mirror up in front our organisation ... and in front of every member of the Golder team. It reflects where we are today. It reveals that we are addressing many initiatives concurrently, but recognises that we don't yet have all the answers," said Brian Conlin, President and CEO.

Golder's report is organised around the six areas of Golder's Sustainable Development Commitment -- organisation, people, governance, operations, clients, and communities.
The theme of the report is the organisation "charter," which is made up of the key elements that describe Golder's culture: its purpose, vision, values, strategy and code of conduct. The report seeks to demonstrate how Golder's unique culture and employee ownership structure continue to enable the company to align its business operations with sustainable development.

One key goal for 2015 is to reduce the organisation's carbon footprint by 20 percent over its 2009 baseline through office efficiency improvements, virtual meeting technology, energy-efficient vehicles, and use of renewable energy. The report also summarizes the company's efforts with respect to local volunteerism, emergency relief donation efforts, and the success of the company's charity, the Golder Trust for Orphans.

Established in 1960, Golder helps clients overcome challenges related to many of the issues being faced by society today, including extraction of finite resources, energy and water supply and management, waste management, urbanisation, and climate change. The organisation encourages employees to embed sustainable development principles and practices into their work, leading to more innovative, environmentally sound and socially acceptable solutions for clients and the company itself.


Golder welcomes feedback from interested parties. Questions or comments can be directed to Lea Chambers, Global Marketing Leader, lchambers@golder.com.

About Golder Associates:

Golder Associates is an employee-owned, global organisation providing consulting, design, and construction services in our specialist areas of earth, environment, and energy. More than 8,000 employees serve client needs in a technically sound, economically viable, and socially responsible manner.


For more information contact:

Golder Associates Inc.

Lea Chambers
Global Marketing Leader
Tel: +1 (770) 496-1893
Cell: + 1 (404) 956-4470
E-mail: lchambers@golder.com



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