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Corporate responsibility practices in engineering consultancies

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posted on 2013-02-05, 13:01 authored by Richard Willetts, Jim Burdon, Jacqui Glass, Matthew FrostMatthew Frost
This paper aims to identify the current level of adoption of some common CR practices in the largest global construction and engineering consultancies drawn predominantly from the UK and USA. The paper begins by outlining the benefits of CR and its role within modern business before taking a look at the current literature available on CR applied to the construction industry. Using content analysis of annual reports, corporate websites and other corporate communications, a summary of current practices has been identified and compared with recent studies of global trends and best practices. It is clear that the organisations considered are aware of the CR agenda with widespread adoption, but they have some way to go before catching up with the global leaders. They need to expand the range of issues considered, be more transparent and accountable in their reporting and find new ways to improve their CR performance.


The study by the authors into sustainable infrastructure design and delivery receives contributory funding from the EPSRC via the Engineering Doctorate Scheme run from the Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Engineering at Loughborough University.



  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering


WILLETTS, R. ... et al, 2011. Corporate responsibility practices in engineering consultancies. International Journal of Construction Management, 11 (2), pp. 19 - 35


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