Watpac embraces sustainability across all of its operations and projects.
We recognise that environmental, social and economic considerations are central to creating and sustaining value for all of our stakeholders, and we are committed to operating in a sustainable and responsible manner.
In doing so, we recognise that achieving this commitment involves outstanding performance in all areas of the business.
Watpac’s total business management approach to sustainability involves projects, materials, resources, systems and procedures, fiscal business models and corporate governance.
Watpac works to embed sustainability from tender to project completion including:
- Training selected personnel as Infrastructure Sustainability Accredited Professionals under the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia’s rating tool, the Infrastructure Sustainability Tool. This tool also helps direct and document our approach to sustainability.
- Employing design and construction methodologies that deliver better sustainability outcomes over the lifecycle of the building or structure.
- Streamlining procurement and purchasing with sustainability and maximising efficiency benefits gained through bulk purchasing.
- Taking fuel efficiencies into account when purchasing new equipment – this reaps financial, environmental and social benefits through lower fuel costs and less greenhouse gas emissions.
- Continuing to service existing clients, winning key contract extensions and broadening our client base through winning new projects to ensure the ongoing success of the business.
- Seeking opportunities to reduce energy, water and materials consumption.
- Using innovative products / processes.
- Encouraging recycling and waste minimisation.
We work closely with industry groups and partners to understand, develop and maintain best industry practices in relation to sustainability.
With operations throughout Australia, giving back to communities in which we work and live is a priority for Watpac.
Watpac achieves this in a number of ways, including:
- Buying locally sourced materials where feasible.
- Hiring local people to undertake works where possible.
- Supporting a national charity partner through workplace giving and other initiatives.
- Supporting local community initiatives/causes.
- Compliance with community related contractual requirements.
- Developing a Watpac Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
Over our more than 30-year history, Watpac has supported a variety of charities and community organisations through sponsorships, donations, and participation in fundraising events. We are pleased to have played a part in making a difference in the lives of the thousands of people who have benefitted from the work these organisations do.
Our national charity partner is currently the Australian Childhood Foundation. Watpac is proud to assist the Foundation’s work throughout Australia, including remote and regional areas as well as indigenous communities, to prevent child abuse and reduce the harm it causes to children, families and the community.
In addition to supporting our national charity partner, Watpac also provides ad-hoc support to smaller organisations of importance to its employees throughout Australia. These have included site-supported initiatives focused on fundraising for mental health awareness as well as national support for various social awareness campaigns.