Priorities Quality Environment Sustainability Diversity
&
Inclusion
Partnerships

QUALITY//

At Ward we believe in providing our clients with a superior product constructed to the highest standard.  Our Quality Management System is certified in accordance with AS/NZS ISO 9001 and we are classified as an Authorised Engineering Organisation (AEO) by Transport for NSW.  Ward always strives to surpass the technical and commercial expectations of each client.

The quality of our product has been recognised by both the Master Builders Association and the Civil Contractors Federation. We have been the recipient of numerous awards (State and National) from both organisations since 1998.

ENVIRONMENT//

Ward acknowledges the business of civil engineering construction can have a significant impact on the environment. Our comprehensive Environmental Management System reflects our priority to be an environmentally friendly corporate citizen.

We are AS/NZS ISO14001 accredited, certified by the NSW Government Construction Policy Committee and are an ASI Licensed Friable Asbestos Removal Contractor.  We are committed to being accountable for our environmental performance, preventing pollution and being a market leader in identifying technologies to minimise our impact on the environment. Ward undertakes environmental monitoring and auditing for every project.

SUSTAINABILITY//

Ward is committed to acting in a sustainable manner with respect to both the environment and the wider community. We do this in partnership with our clients, suppliers and subcontractors, thereby maintaining and improving the sustainability of our projects and communities in which we all work and live.

At Ward, we believe it is necessary to approach the issue of sustainability from a variety of angles, including environmental, social and economic. Our Sustainability Policy defines our long-term goal of working in a sustainable manner by defining clear objectives, monitoring our performance with respect to these objectives and setting targets to measure our progress.

Our sustainability objectives are to:

  • Minimise impact on the natural environment (including plant and animal life, air and water)
  • Minimise impact on all forms of structural and cultural heritage
  • Respect the link between Indigenous Australians and the land on which we work, by improving participation of Indigenous Australians in our workforce
  • Manage and mitigate noise associated with construction works
  • Minimise energy use associated with construction
  • Maintain and improve the visual amenities of the communities in which we work

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION//

Ward is focused on promoting diversity and inclusion across the civil construction sector. Ward acknowledges, respects and values people from all walks of life – people of different ages, genders, and cultural backgrounds.

Some key metrics of the Ward workforce include:

  • 32% of our staff are female
  • 4% of our staff identify as being Aboriginal
  • 27% of our staff are under the age of 25
  • 15% of our staff are over the age of 50
  • we employ staff from over 20 different nations

Reconciliation Action Plan

Ward is committed to increasing the number of employees who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander within the business. We have a goal to increase the current 4% to 10% as part of the Ward Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) which was published in 2010.

Supply Nation & indigenous subcontractor engagement

Through our engagement with Supply Nation businesses, Ward has developed relationships with a range of indigenous-owned businesses across Sydney. We are regularly seeking opportunities to work with indigenous-owned businesses, or businesses which are significant employers of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

In 2020, Ward appointed a dedicated Social Procurement Manager to implement processes to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation, both within Ward and across our broader supply chain. We request all our subcontractors and suppliers provide information about the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees who contribute to their workforce.

PARTNERSHIPS//

University of Technology Sydney

Ward established a partnership with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in 2018. This partnership supports several initiatives to encourage more young people to choose a degree in the field of engineering, as well as to encourage more women to pursue a career in engineering and construction. Ward sponsors internships each year and contributes to Women in Engineering and IT scholarships. We provide mentors and arrange events for the Lucy Mentoring Program. We also participate in the Girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) day and Work Experience Week.

University of New South Wales

In 2022 Ward joined the University of NSW (UNSW) School of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CVEN) Industry Partners Program. This program fosters connections with engineering students, offering young people the chance to experience a wide range of civil, environmental and geospatial engineering, projects, sites and activities.

Ward provides support to young engineers making their way in their chosen field, by offering exciting career paths.

 Sydney Roosters

Ward is the platinum community sponsor of the Sydney Roosters National Rugby League team. As part of this collaboration, Ward is a major sponsor of the Roosters National Rugby League Women’s (NRLW) team and the Tarsha Gale Indigenous Academy under 18s women’s team. We facilitate annual career sessions with players from the NRLW, the Tarsha Gale squad and the under 18 and under 16 teams, to discuss construction traineeship opportunities to complement football careers.

Successful graduates of the program include Taneka Todhunter, who was awarded the Roosters Tarsha Gale Best and Fairest and Ward Rookie of the Year in 2021.

The Glen

The Glen is an Indigenous operated residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre for Indigenous and non-Indigenous men and women, based on the NSW Central Coast. Ward donates materials and equipment to The Glen. We also work with the team to identify employment opportunities for participants who have successfully completed programs hosted by The Glen.

Through our partnership with the Sydney Roosters, Ward is also a primary supporter of The Glen’s major annual fundraiser – the Kikupa Cup/Arthur Beetson Family Day.

Rural Fire Service

Ward is an official Supportive Employer with the Rural Fire Service (RFS), enabling staff who are RFS volunteers to take extra fully paid leave when duty calls. We currently have two staff members who are active volunteers with the RFS.

SAFETY//

At Ward there is nothing more important to us than the safety, health and wellbeing of our employees and those with whom we work. The safety of our people and worksites are paramount and will not be compromised. We believe all people should return home safely from their place of work. The directors, management and staff at Ward are committed to providing a healthy and safe working environment. We acknowledge this is a shared obligation for all personnel within the organisation.

Our Work Health and Safety system is certified in accordance with AS/NZS ISO 45001 and we hold accreditation with the Office of Federal Safety Commissioner. In 2018, Ward was awarded the NSW Site Safety Award by Master Builders Australia for its Crown Sydney Stage 1C bulk excavation project at Barangaroo. The judges described our safety processes as “resembling the inner workings of a Swiss watch”.