We understand that the future is what we make it, and that is why we take a long-term approach. Sustainability is fundamental to our business.

For John Holland, sustainability in the context of sustainable development is a priority - it is about how we consider our people, the community, our clients, our supply chain, and the environment when running our business.

We recognise that due to the large scale of our projects, becoming more sustainable can drive industry-wide outcomes.

Our Approach 

The legacy we leave in communities is just as important as the physical property and infrastructure we build in Australia and New Zealand.

John Holland’s Sustainability Policy explains our commitment to sustainability through integrating economic growth, environmental resilience, and social progress as priorities into decision-making at every level of the business, with the ambition to create long-term value.

We have developed a Sustainability Framework to define sustainability at John Holland. Our Sustainability Framework consists of 4 pillars, each containing 3 elements which should be used to guide how we work and make decisions to achieve sustainable outcomes.

UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs)

John Holland acknowledges the importance of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) and will define how we can play a role in contributing to them.

How do we live our sustainability commitment?

John Holland is an active member of the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA), Australian Constructors Association’s Sustainability Working Party, and a founding member of the Australian Supply Chain Sustainability School (ASCSS).

To further our commitment to sustainability, we have voluntarily opted to report our sustainability performance publicly. This allows us to be transparent in our sustainability performance with our clients, partners, and the communities we work in. Our inaugural Sustainability Report, released in 2020, aligned with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards and focused on our sustainability achievements over 2019 and our sustainability commitments going forward.



Case studies

The principles of sustainability are embedded throughout our business systems, processes, and operations across John Holland. We understand that every role in John Holland can directly or indirectly impact on sustainability. As such, our Sustainability Policy and Sustainability Framework are openly communicated with our people.

The result of this is excellent sustainability performance across our projects and within our offices. Below, we have included some key highlights and case studies to demonstrate our sustainability performance.

  • Built and Natural Environment

Case Study: Implementing sustainable materials on NIFMF Project, NSW

Our project team at the New Intercity Fleet Maintenance Facility project on the Central Coast in NSW embraced the opportunity to trial new, sustainable materials to replace conventional steel reinforcement in non-structural concrete. The team implemented recycled glass sand and Emesh, a 100% recycled plastic fibre, in their concrete mixes. This substitution was faster, cheaper, safer, and reduced the carbon footprint of this section of the job by 92%.

  • Our People

Case Study: Inclusion in John Holland

John Holland has launched two staff networks to foster a culture of inclusivity within the business. Our Pride Network for LGTBI employees and allies was established by our employees to advocate for LGBTI inclusion across all levels of the business. Our Celebrate Women in John Holland Network was launched with the aim to empower our employees to think differently about gender equality in our industry and celebrate the vast contribution made by all the women at John Holland.

We are proud to be supporting a diverse and inclusive workforce across the business and strive to raise awareness and understanding for these groups.

  • Our Community and Partners

Case Study: Stakeholder engagement at NWPA, Victoria

North Western Program Alliance (NWPA) along with the Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP), is responsible for delivering a package of level crossing removals in Victoria. Strongly focused on sustainability, the NWPA has developed comprehensive Community and Stakeholder Engagement Plans to identify the possible impacts construction may have on the community and effectively engage with and listen to the people who are affected by the infrastructure we build.

We aim to build community and stakeholder understanding of, and trust and confidence in, program solutions and the delivery process. By undertaking this task effectively, the NWPA can achieve the requirements of our customers and minimise disruptions.

  • Leadership and Strategy

Case Study: End-to-End Solution Delivery at Clarence Correctional Centre, NSW

To construct the Clarence Correctional Centre, approximately 5,000 precast concrete panels and more than 600 prefabricated cells needed to be installed. Noting the regional location of the project, John Holland’s TEK Lift & Shift team developed an end-to-end solution to transport and safely complete all installation ahead of the programmed schedule. The team used drone aerial mapping to plan delivery routes and survey road grades for the movement of the 72-wheeled self-propelled trailers, which were carefully selected because of their manoeuvrability and terrain capability while limiting the need for temporary ground stability works. This allowed us to complete cell installation five weeks earlier than planned, assisting to fast track the program.