CESA launches sustainability framework

February 21st, 2014, Published in Articles: Vector

Newly-elected Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) president Abe Thela has launched the CESA Sustainability Framework, which has been adopted as a prerequisite for CESA membership. All member firms are now required to prepare a sustainability report as part of their annual declarations to CESA.

The report is aligned with international best practice (FIDIC) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). CESA encourages members to integrate sustainability within their business structures.

The committee was formed to develop CESA’s sustainability and reporting framework was instructed to contextualise sustainability with regard to the consulting engineering industry and to align this framework with international best practice. The committee also aims to develop a streamlined reporting process and to define the components of the process. It will develop a phased timeframe and a minimum requirements checklist.

The report is based on the pillars, those of organisational profile, sustainability strategy overview and acknowledgment of CESA sustainability indicators. The purpose of the framework is to encourage members to integrate sustainability within their business structures. It aims to create a platform for member firms to identify their role in terms of sustainability, and to create a culture of collaboration within the engineering sector. The minimum requirement checklist will assist firms in collecting and recording data to streamline this process and to obtain the necessary buy-in.

Member firms involved in the development of the framework include Gibb, Royal HaskoningDHV and UWP Consulting.

Contact Lefadi Makibinyane, CESA, Tel 011 463-2022, lefadi@cesa.co.za

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