The Hurstbridge Rail Line Upgrade is being delivered under an Alliance framework by Laing O'Rourke, Fulton Hogan, Jacobs, the Level Crossing Removal Authority, and Metro Trains Melbourne. As principal contractor for the project, the Alliance will adopt and operate under Laing O'Rourke's Sustainability Policy.

Sustainability is about maximising our environmental, economic and socio-economic performance in the interests of the business, our stakeholders and our planet.

Laing O'Rourke is uniquely placed through our private ownership to take a long-term approach to sustainability. This policy sits alongside our Health and Safety, Quality, Environmental, Human Capital and Customer Service policies as part of our global policy framework.

As an enduring engineering enterprise we are implementing a strategy which aims to create sustainable growth by meeting the economic, social and environmental challenges of our rapidly changing world.

Achieving sustainability is an integral part of fulfilling our corporate vision. We will continually strive and expect to:

  • Ÿ Create exceptional, long-term sustainable outcomes for all our clients, aligned to their ambitions
  • Ÿ Generate profits to invest in innovation and future success
  • Ÿ Work to the highest ethical, social and environmental standards
  • Ÿ Achieve industry-leading low-carbon performance
  • Ÿ Innovate to develop the industry's ability to address sustainability challenges
  • Ÿ Develop our people: they are our most important assets
  • Ÿ Attract and retain new people from diverse backgrounds and demographic groups to work in the industry, and for Laing O'Rourke particularly
  • Ensure we offer equal opportunities
  • Apply living and minimum wage standards to all our directly employed people
  • Collaborate with our clients and top tier supply chain to ensure payment of living wage wherever this is desired or required.
  • Create opportunities for flexible working in appropriate roles, to help attract, retain and motivate our people, and be open to flexible working requests
  • Avoid inappropriate zero hours contracts.
  • Pay fairly, offer fair working conditions and rewards, and be increasingly transparent about the fairness of our payment and reward practices for directly employed and supply chain
  • Support collective workforce engagement and work appropriately with Trade Unions
  • Ÿ Contribute to development of construction skills in our local communities by providing access to apprenticeships and life-long learning aligned to our goals and vision
  • Ÿ Enrich the communities in which we work
  • Ÿ Assess and manage all significant environmental risks
  • Ÿ Engage our supply chain and partners in achieving our sustainability targets and objectives
  • Ÿ Be transparent in reporting on strategic targets

Collaboration with clients, supply chain, industry partners, research organisations and other stakeholders is fundamental to how we develop and implement sustainability strategy.

Our policies are reviewed and updated annually to react to client needs and evolve with the world around us to make Laing O'Rourke the company of first choice for all our stakeholders, while challenging and changing the image of construction worldwide.

The Board of Directors of Laing O'Rourke fully endorse this policy.