Sustainability Update 2020

Australia is a ‘deep nation’ with a long and continuous history.

As leaders in the heritage industry, we treasure the past as part of our living heritage.  Together, we believe that we have an equal obligation to safeguard our future.

Over the years we have taken direct action to reduce the impact of the way we work. By the very nature of our work we have helped to conserve places, and protect cultural heritage in our communities, such as Calga Aboriginal Women’s Site and the Bylong Valley. Beyond the day to day, our people have directly helped to assess and protect places that have been affected by disaster.

Our team contribute their knowledge and expertise voluntarily to industry groups that develop resources for cultural heritage and environmental protection. Our Consultants are active in the industry’s peak body, Australia ICOMOS, and through the National Scientific Committee for Energy and Sustainability Rachel Jackson and Catherine Forbes contributed to the authorship of the practice note about built heritage and sustainability.

Last year, many of our team joined global climate strikes and pledged our support via the ‘Not Business As Usual’ alliance. We joined the international ‘Climate Heritage Network’ to galvanize our efforts in the heritage sector.

We are proud of our actions to date, yet we know there is more to do. Considering the devastating impact of the recent bushfires and the scourge of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have resolved to renew our sustainability efforts.

This World Environment Day we are exploring how we will achieve this in our operations and in the work that we do. We are organising our resources and establishing a shared approach within our team. We look forward to sharing the journey with you.

Photo by Kate Ausburn