Halcrow do you do?
Caught up with by Tom:
Earlier this year, we placed Andrew Kluth in a key position at Halcrow, I met up with Andrew last week to have a catch up and to see how he was getting on and asked him a few questions about how he was finding things:
1) We recently helped place you as Group Director of Sustainability for Halcrow, one of the world’s leading consultancy organisations. Why did you take the role and what do you hope to achieve?
AK – The culture of the company is superb. It works very hard to live its stated values and considers these to be one of the main reasons why it attracts and retains clients. I want to bring together the very many sustainability-activities Halcrow undertakes as part of its day to day work to formulate more explicit and comprehensive sustainability values and practices which support and reinforce what is important to Halcrow, its people and its clients.
2) What have your first few months looked like for you and what were the key challenges involved in getting up to speed?
AK – Understanding the huge diversity of skills and knowledge within the Group! The average Halcrow employee is very knowledgeable in their areas of expertise, so there is no shortage of sensible opinions.
Bringing these together into a coherent picture takes time, as does identifying priority areas. The business units operate autonomously. Sustainability has been assumed as part and parcel of Halcrow’s business offering, and so there is a need to put in place clear policies and strategies, then set Group-wide objectives, targets and KPIs, while remaining sensitive to the Group’s operating ethos.
3) What do you think sustainability means in the engineering world?
The predominant view is that it is what we do for our clients. Consulting groups like Halcrow are people-based and have relatively low direct impacts. However, we can have enormous and long-lasting influence through the advice we give and the work we do for clients. We need to give sufficient emphasis to our own sustainability efforts to show that we are credible and committed, while recognising that it is the indirect impacts that will be our real legacy.
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