Advancing Morrison Hershfield’s Corporate Social Responsibility
Morrison Hershfield is pleased to release our annual Corporate Social Responsibility report. As an engineering firm and designers of the built environment, we have a significant opportunity to contribute to carbon reduction and help ensure resilience to climate change through our individual responses, our practices and our project work.
Climate Change Response Plan
The earth’s climate is changing, and greenhouse gas emissions resulting from human action is a primary driver of this trend. Morrison Hershfield is doing our part to support the action necessary to limit, mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change and support the global goal of Net Zero GHG emissions by 2050.
Morrison Hershfield’s Climate Change response plan aims to account for climate change vulnerability and risk, and reduce embedded and operational carbon emissions in the building and infrastructure projects we design and deliver.
In June, our firm signed the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) Climate Change Charter. The Charter sets out in basic, initial terms how we can address climate mitigation, adaptation and resilience of the built environment moving forward. It further demonstrates our desire to protect and restore the earth by practicing and teaching environmental, economic and social sustainability.
We are helping our clients look at projects through a climate lens, across the transportation, transit, municipal infrastructure, buildings, power and technology sectors. Our work is helping reduce the carbon footprint of infrastructure through low energy use buildings (such as Passive House), buildings incorporating low embodied carbon (such as Mass Timber), energy modeling, EV charging stations, transit electrification, low impact development, solid waste management, circular economy, renewable energy and other approaches for sustainable infrastructure projects.
Morrison Hershfield CSR Report
I invite you to read our Corporate Social Responsibility Report for more details on how our firm focused on activities to improve the experience of our people, and advance our culture, capabilities and practices throughout the last year.
2021, we remained vigilant in our efforts to respond and adapt to the global pandemic. We maintained a steady focus on our key priorities: our people, our clients, our projects and the communities we serve. We continued to provide additional health and wellness resources to staff and their families, and increased opportunities for “virtual” employee engagement. Periodic surveys provided valuable feedback on staff needs and preferences and led to the development of a voluntary Flexible Work Arrangement program for staff. Our first-ever Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) survey yielded results that form the basis of Morrison Hershfield’s top D&I priorities moving forward.
Morrison Hershfield is focused on achieving our CSR goals in a progressive, inclusive and inspiring environment. We celebrated 75 years in business in 2021. We look forward to the possibilities that lay ahead as we shape a sustainable future together.