Corporate Responsibility

The Group recognizes the importance of our communities as stakeholders and influencers in the areas in which we operate. The Group aims to be recognized as an industry leader in Corporate Responsibility and to this end has embarked on a journey of continuous improvement.

The Group is committed to contribute to the development of local communities through local employment and Corporate Responsibility projects. The key drivers for success in these projects have been the Group’s overarching support and the willingness of the Group’s personnel to volunteer their time and make donations in support of their local Corporate Responsibility activities.

A broad range of projects were delivered across the business such as pro-bono projects, sponsorships, education programs, fundraising for not-for-profit organizations and programs to reduce the Group’s impact on the environment.

The Group will be launching a WorleyParsons Foundation in the next financial year in addition to its locally executed Corporate Responsibility program.

1. Corporate Responsibility Statement

In 2012, the Group revised and updated its Corporate Responsibility Statement to clearly articulate the Group’s commitment to, and aspirations of, Corporate Responsibility leadership.

The Group adheres to the following commitments:

WorleyParsons is committed to working with our customers and suppliers to achieve results that grow our company, reward our shareholders and our people and contribute to our communities. We acknowledge our responsibilities to the communities in which we operate.

1.1 Governance, Ethics and Transparency

We maintain the highest standards of corporate governance and ethics, and report our governance performance annually.

We conduct our business in an open, honest and ethical manner as described in our Code of Conduct and our integrity framework, OneWay™.

We integrate corporate responsibility in our business planning and decision making and measure, monitor and report our corporate responsibility performance on a regular basis.

1.2 Our People

Our people are our greatest asset and we support them by providing a work environment that is positive and safe and by committing to their ongoing development.

We promote a diverse and inclusive workplace as outlined in our Diversity and Inclusion Policy.

We are committed to being recognized as a leader in health and safety performance and have a goal of Zero Harm.

We apply fair labor practices and comply with applicable national and local labor laws of the countries and communities we work in.

We do not employ or condone the employment of forced or child labor.

1.3 Human Rights

We will respect the basic rights of the people we deal with and will not be complicit or engage in activities that solicit or encourage human rights abuse.

1.4 Community

We are committed to making a positive impact in the communities and environments in which we operate. Our people will be involved in community based initiatives, creating benefits for both the community and our people.

Our locations will support programs and initiatives specific to their locations, and wherever possible, in conjunction with our customers. We will support local businesses, train and employ local people, and utilize other local resources wherever we can.

1.5 Fair Operating Practices and Supply Chain

We will actively strive to implement socially responsible supply chain practices and anti-corruption practices working closely with our customers and suppliers as partners.

We expect our suppliers to operate with similar values as ours and will encourage them, where necessary, to adopt similar corporate responsibility policies as our own.

1.6 Environment

We recognize the importance of operating sustainably and commit to continually identify opportunities for improving our environmental performance.

We believe that all our people are responsible for performing their work in an environmentally sustainable manner. We will continue to deliver profitable sustainability to our customers through our EcoNomicsTM service offering.

2. Milestones

During the Reporting Period, the Group reached a number of Corporate Responsibility milestones, including:

  • granted approval by the Executive Committee to establish a WorleyParsons Foundation that will provide support for the execution of strategic community projects;
  • revised the WorleyParsons Code of Conduct that reaffirms the Group’s Corporate Responsibility expectations;
  • developed and introduced the Group’s Human Rights Policy that is aligned to the United Nations Human Rights Council’s “Protect, Respect and Remedy Framework” which states the Group’s business principles and confirms the Group’s commitment to human rights;
  • published the Group’s first Supply Chain Code of Conduct which sets the minimum and preferred requirements for the Group’s suppliers and contractors, and reflects the best practice and continuous improvement in sustainability of the Group’s business and projects;
  • achieved global Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) Certification for the Group procurement policies, strategies, procedures and processes as part of the Group commitment to be the best in class in procurement policies;
  • hosted Corporate Responsibility alignment meetings with a number of the Group’s Tier 1 customers to identify any real or perceived gaps and to share lessons learnt and best practices; and
  • fulfilled the Group’s first year obligations as a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with 10 universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.

During the year ending 30 June 2014, the Group intends to:

  • establish a WorleyParsons Foundation Council to provide governance and oversight to the new WorleyParsons Foundation;
  • undertake ongoing continuous improvement of external reporting commitments using the internationally recognized Global Reporting Initiative framework;
  • further assess Corporate Responsibility targets, objectives and collaboration with various Group functions; and
  • further integrate awareness and importance of road safety within the Group and the communities in which it operates.

3. Awards

  • WorleyParsons was a Top 50 finalist in the 2012 Social Investment Pioneer Awards. The inaugural global award is an initiative of the Principles for Social Investment Secretariat, United Nations Global Compact Initiative and recognizes the importance of private sector engagement in sustainable community development.

  • WorleyParsons China was recognized as one of the Top 100 Best Enterprises with an Award for Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility in the fourth China Corporate Social Responsibility Annual Summit in Beijing.

  • WorleyParsons received an Honorable Mention in the 2013 Asia-Pacific Enterprise Leadership Awards for its educational service and commitment to philanthropy.

  • WorleyParsons Europe was recognized for its approach to occupational safety and health in an awards scheme run by the safety charity, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. 2013 is the fourth consecutive year that WorleyParsons Europe has attained the GOLD Award and once again illustrates our commitment to industry leadership in Health, Safety and Environmental performance.

  • WorleyParsons was recognized as the Most Improved Purchasing Operation – Step Change at the CIPS Middle East Awards in recognition of its detailed strategy and clear objectives in sustainable project procurement and delivery. It was also recognized as a finalist in the Best Contribution to the Reputation of the Procurement Profession category.

  • WorleyParsons was awarded the Chairman’s Award for outstanding commitment, participation and leadership at an executive level, in supporting CareerTrackers internships for Australian Indigenous university students.

4. Corporate Responsibility Indicators

The Group measures and focuses on those areas that are important to the long term success of its business and are desirable to all of its stakeholders.

Contributions by Group personnel and the Group’s business operations are measured in terms of cash and volunteer time contributions.

The Group completed a response for the Carbon Disclosure Project in 2013. The Group’s energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions were recorded to assist the Group to measure and reduce its energy consumption and to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

The Group uses the US OSHA (United States Occupational Safety & Health Administration) reporting requirements for Total Recordable Case Frequency Rate (TRCFR) and Lost Workday Case Frequency Rate (LWCFR).

The Group’s Corporate Responsibility indicators for the Reporting Period and the year ended 30 June 2012 are:

INDICATORS 2013 2012
Contributions by operations $2.25 million $2.67 million
Contributions by personnel members $1.90 million $1.95 million
Volunteer hours by personnel members 10,473 hours 23,748 hours
TRCFR 0.13 0.12
LWCFR 0.03 0.03

The Group’s Corporate Responsibility program has achieved positive results and maintains the levels of employee fundraising and company contribution.

As data for greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption is not available until the October after the end of financial year, the table below shows those indicators for the year ended 30 June 2012 and the year ended 30 June 2011:

Total2 2011
Greenhouse gas emmisions tCO2‑e 2.36 96,168 2.80 97,840
Energy consumption MWh 6.78 276,650 7.54 263,949
1 Personnel includes employees and contractors
2 Totals include gas emmisions from, and energy consumed by the Exmouth Power Station, Australia

5. Activity Highlights

The Group undertook various community engagement and environmental activities over this Reporting Period, including:

  • participating directly in over 365 community based and environmental projects across 26 countries via ongoing participation in the Group’s own programs: DeltaAfrik Foundation in Nigeria, We Care program in Canada and other location Corporate Responsibility committees;
  • contributing over $200,000 and 450 volunteer hours towards educational programs and sponsorships across 20 location programs in the USA, Australia, Canada, Thailand, Bulgaria and South Africa;
  • providing 1,400 pro-bono hours towards project management and engineering services in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom;
  • matching $480,000 of Group personnel fundraising programs;
  • training 743 people in leadership development programs, representing 61 nationalities, speaking 21 primary languages and 38 secondary languages;
  • expanding the Women of WorleyParsons professional women’s global network to 970 members across 30 locations. Over 100 events were hosted to celebrate and promote diversity and inclusion across the Group;
  • providing ongoing support to the Australian Indigenous community by hosting Indigenous business forums, internships, art exhibitions and cultural festivals;
  • providing sponsorship to organizations who champion women in science and technology;
  • engaging in recycling, bush regeneration, tree planting and beach clean-up activities across a number of countries; and
  • continuing to deliver sustainability-enhancing services to the Group’s customers through the Group’s EcoNomicsTM service offering.