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Multiplex's work on Perth Stadium had an indigenous engagement project. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Values in action – snapshot of WA companies operating with purpose

Fortescue Metals Group

Statement:

Safety and family are at the core of Fortescue’s values – employees are encouraged to look out for their mates and embrace the challenge of achieving stretch goals.

Action:

Fortescue has committed to become a global leader in safety across all of its operations. Goals include zero fatalities and a reduction in total recordable injury frequency rate to the lowest quartile of the resources sector. Fortescue’s initiatives to achieve its goals include comprehensive education, coaching and training programs, which are complemented by rigorous monitoring and reporting to prevent high-risk events.

 

Woodside Petroleum

Statement:
Working sustainably is a core value embedded at every level of Woodside’s operations.

Action:
Woodside is committed to taking action on climate change and is orchestrating its operations to become a key player in a clean energy future. Woodside’s climate change strategies include a focus on reducing emissions and advocating for a lower carbon economy. The state’s biggest energy player has committed to improve its energy efficiency by 5 per cent from baseline performance by 2020, and create new opportunities for liquefied natural gas to replace higher-emission fuels. Woodside has also advocated for a global carbon price as the best method of transition to a lower carbon world.

 

RAC

Statement:
RAC exists to protect and enhance the lifestyle of its members and of WA.

Action:
RAC is a key supporter of the state government’s Towards Zero road safety strategy, while the insurer has also delivered road safety education to more than 500,000 children in WA. RAC’s iconic rescue helicopters are at the front line of WA’s emergency response services, getting critical care paramedics swiftly to the scene of accidents, providing inter-hospital transport between the regions and metropolitan Perth, and search and rescue missions over land and sea.

 

Cedar Woods Properties

Statement:
Cedar Woods looks for opportunities to reduce its footprint, save on energy and create safe and healthy lifestyles for its customers.

Action:
Cedar Woods has 15 carefully identified sustainability objectives, ranging from design excellence, environmental initiatives, community building and economic development. The company’s Bushmead development in Hazelmere is set among 185 hectares of retained bushland, parks and recreational reserves, and has been granted the highest ‘6 Leaf’ environmental accreditation. Cedar Woods is also committed to ensuring Indigenous and European heritage is retained across its developments.

 

Macmahon Holdings

Statement:
Macmahon Holdings aims to create an open and inclusive workplace environment where diverse experiences, perspectives and backgrounds of its people are valued and utilised.

Action:
Macmahon has a number of measurable diversity objectives, including annual targets, specifically in relation to gender diversity, benchmarking its position on gender diversity against its peers and regular gender pay equity audits to measure the effectiveness of its programs. Macmahon also commits to employ the best person for the job regardless of gender, race, nationality, religious or political conviction, disability, family circumstance or status, pregnancy, sexual orientation
or age.

 

Mineral Resources

Statement:
Mineral Resources’ oneMRL ethos underpins the company’s core purpose of providing innovative and low-cost solutions across mining infrastructure, operating with integrity and respect and working in partnership with clients, customers, its people and the community.

Action:
Mineral Resources’ commitment to the community is centered on building capacity in the not-for-profit and charity sectors. The company has a number of multi-year partnerships, supporting charitable operations, including Shooting Stars, Starlight Children’s Foundation, Youth Focus, Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation, The Lucy Saw Centre, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and Ronald McDonald House.

 

Navitas

Statement:
Navitas’ vision is to be one of the most trusted learning organisations in the world.  

Action:
Education provider Navitas has a long list of policies that relate to its Values in Action protocols, including initiatives around anti-bribery and corruption, anti-discrimination, harassment, vilification and bullying, and grievance management. Navitas is also bound by legislation and agreements that ensures its global operations are ethical, appropriate, effective and compliant. Navitas provides the opportunity for students and employees to report non-compliant or unethical behaviour through an anonymous online portal.

 

Multiplex

Statement:
Multiplex sees its business as an opportunity to deliver high performance facilities that create environmental, social and financial value for its clients and the communities in which it operates.

Action:
Multiplex’s Perth Stadium Indigenous Engagement Program was designed to increase the employment of local Indigenous people on construction of Optus Stadium. Multiplex partnered with Wirrpanda Foundation and Skill Hire to provide traineeship and apprenticeship opportunities for Aboriginal Australians, with more than 20 Indigenous workers engaged on the project through the program. Each subcontractor that worked on the stadium was also introduced to Wirrpanda and Skill Hire, while the construction giant made a significant investment in public art in the stadium precinct, celebrating the six seasons of the Nyoongar calendar.

 

ABN Group

Statement:
ABN Group is committed to making a difference in the community, with employees encouraged to actively participate and contribute to charity and environmental programs.

Action:
Over the past 13 years, ABN Group has donated more than $8.8 million to various causes through the Alcock Family Foundation. The Alcock Family Foundation identifies causes where it believes it can make the biggest positive impact to society, while overhead costs are covered by the ABN Group, maximising the effect of donations towards charitable causes. Beneficiaries include St John of God Comprehensive Cancer Care Centre, The Salvation Army, The Clontarf Foundation and The Esther Foundation, among a long list of charitable organisations.

 

Perron Group

Statement:
The Perron Way is a vision for excellence in business with integrity and compassion for others. 

Action:
Perron Group’s business portfolio is structured to provide substantial dividends to the Stan Perron Charitable Foundation in perpetuity. Recent contributions include a $10 million donation for research to find treatments and cures for diseases such as muscular dystrophy, motor neurone disease and multiple sclerosis. The foundation also recently contributed $5 million to the Perth Children’s Hospital Centre of Excellence in Childhood Burns.

Comments

Perth
The construction giants on the list need a lot more research before giving a "values in action" badge. Open the hood slightly and the carnage caused by these giants is very obvious, but only if we care to look beyond their well-oiled PR machines. See how many contractors and sub-contractors have bled and shed tears in only the last couple of years (let alone the past decade); from the extension of the Perth Airport to the construction of Optus Stadium and every dwelling in between. Have we really become that gullible as a society and very readily accept the veils of cliches and catch phrases - "community", "charity", "environment"? These giants need to show commitments to be more humane from the core.

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Total value of current WA projects

1st-MultiplexNFP
2nd↑ProbuildNFP
3rd↓PindanNFP
4th-BGC AustraliaNFP
5th↑Perkins Builders475,000,000
97 construction companies ranked by total combined value of current WA projects ($)

Employees

38th↓Monford Group200
39th↑RJVNFP
40th↓MultiplexNFP
41st↑Kerman Contracting160
42nd↓SNC-Lavalin155
102 contractors ranked by total staff in WA

Number of Employees

Construction Companies

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