Governments and local authorities around the world are increasingly mandating that investment in (or procurement of) major transport, infrastructure and developments should be the catalyst for positive social change. To guarantee success, any project, whether a road or railway, new city precinct, housing development or supply chain must meet the needs of the community and other stakeholders it impacts. Benefits include supporting regional growth, creating healthier, safer and more resilient communities and protecting the environment, climate and biodiversity.
WSP creates positive impacts for communities and the environment by defining and shaping projects collaboratively with our clients, across both the public sector and private corporations. We undertake social research, measure social value, conduct community engagement and develop strategies and policies to help our clients optimise the delivery and performance of their projects while building in opportunities to achieve positive social change for communities. Actions are tailored and relevant to the requirements of the local area and population. This may translate to wellbeing, good quality and affordable housing, growth of the local economy and the creation of fairly-rewarded and stable jobs, targeted opportunities for education and skills development, cultural opportunities, accessible public transport, resilience, environmental protection, or all of the above.