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Building Responsibly: Turning Challenges to Opportunities in Engineering and Construction

Author: Dominic Kotas & Jean-Baptiste Andrieu, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), Published on: 22 February 2017

The engineering and construction industry...relies on large numbers of low-skilled workers a major provider of formal employment opportunities around the world...large real estate and infrastructure projects have fueled a construction boom, attracting millions of migrant workers...Many companies in the engineering and construction industry have longstanding commitments to the health, safety, and welfare of workers...Working in isolation, however, means that companies’ impact is limited.

For six companies in the engineering and construction industry, this construction boom and associated challenges present an opportunity to incubate and implement a new collaboration on the rights and welfare of workers...Building Responsibly—an industry-led collaborative initiative facilitated by BSR with support from Humanity United—will enable construction and engineering companies to collaborate around their shared values, advance their programs by sharing best practices, agree on common approaches and standards, develop tools, and engage clients, civil society, and international organizations. Through this initiative, companies can more effectively align with regulations and stakeholder expectations, while increasing productivity and fostering a better environment for workers.

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