Our Sustainability Commitments
Our Sustainability Route Map integrates business and sustainability performance into a holistic strategy structured around five key pillars: safety, health and quality; our people and ethics; environment and communities; our clients and suppliers; financial and governance. These five pillars provide a framework to support our business strategy to align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and are key to our business’s success.
We are committed to reviewing progress made towards our sustainability targets and goals and report on our efforts so we keep pace with the transformational change needed to address the global sustainability challenge.
Safety, health and quality
Our teams work from the sub-surface to high rise developments the world over, so holding excellent standards in the health and safety of our colleagues, clients and communities is critical to our business performance. Through our SHEQ procedures safety risks are identified, assessed and adequately controlled, allowing our teams to maintain a strong safety track record and deliver our services on a consistently safe basis.
We place a high emphasis on health and safety training for all employees and promote a safety-based “no blame” operating culture to encourage a proactive attitude to identifying, reporting and mitigating hazards. Critically, we all share the responsibility to make health and safety a daily priority.View SHEQ policy
Our people and ethics
RSK is committed to operating in an honest and transparent manner and in accordance with internationally recognised ethical, professional and legal standards and principles.
Human capital is our most valuable asset, so we are committed to promoting diversity, eliminating gender bias and supporting equal opportunities in the workplace. We want all of our colleagues to have a working environment that promotes dignity and respect, and where individual differences and contributions of our people are recognised and valued.
We want to keep our colleagues satisfied and motivated by providing them with opportunities for career progression. Our culture of continual learning helps everyone to deliver the quality work that is paramount to our business success and has led to us being accredited by Investors in People for more than ten years.Read our ethics code
Environment and communities
As a leading provider of sustainable solutions, addressing environmental impact while making positive contributions to local ecosystems and surrounding communities sits at the core of our business.
In 2020, we signed the Pledge to Net Zero and committed to setting science-based targets for our global operations. In the UK we have switched to 100% renewable energy tariffs and continue to reduce our energy intensity through building improvements including installing solar photovoltaic cells on our offices. We are continuing to explore opportunities to enable colleagues to make greener choices at home, with the most recent introduction of an electric vehicle scheme.
We actively look for opportunities to contribute to the wellbeing of the communities local to our offices and hold frequent charity fundraisers in support of Mind, our charity of choice.Learn more in our latest sustainability report
Clients and suppliers
We want to be part of a sustainable value chain and contribute to economic growth in the areas where we work, and that our business relationships are mutually beneficial. We have a diverse base of more than 8000 clients operating in rapidly evolving industrial and commercial sectors and we are committed to helping them make the transition to a low-carbon economy.
We emphasise local recruitment throughout our operations and are committed to developing local capacity. Wherever possible, we try to use suppliers and subcontractors local to our offices and the projects on which we are working. Our many strategic partnerships and close working relationships with local stakeholders enable us to combine our international experience with local knowledge to better meet our clients’ requirements, help them to complete projects quickly, achieve cost savings and minimise regulatory delays while contributing to local economic development and social and environmental wellbeing.
Finance and governance
We want to achieve strong financial performance and sustainable growth that is based on responsible business practices. Through our ‘green growth’ acquisition plan, we actively seek like-minded businesses that will enhance our existing sustainable solutions to help clients deliver against the SDGs, while our existing businesses work together to develop innovative solutions to these immense global challenges.
In 2021, we were granted the largest sustainability linked loan to date to support our ‘green growth’ plan. With this we are committed to conduct and publish an annual review on our progress against a host of targets, which, if successful, may result in interest savings with at least 50% being donated toward sustainability-related initiatives or charitable causes. All of this means that the success of our business is tied to the impact we have on the planet and its people.Read our corporate responsibility policy