Sustainability and wellbeing
Since Woods started more than 50 years ago, we have never accepted the status quo, and have continually looked for better ways of doing things. We believe we have an important role to play in the sustainability of New Zealand’s future, which is why holistic wellbeing is at the centre of our approach.
Woods is extremely proud to have been recognised as one of New Zealand and Australia’s best employers in the 2018 and 2017 Aon Hewitt’s Best Employer accreditation process. We’re proud of our team and the culture we have built at Woods and are humbled by this accreditation. We work hard to ensure our employees enjoy working for us and focus on making sure we have a safe, fair, and inclusive workplace.
Our cultural diversity at Woods includes 18 nations, and our culture is built on the approach that we want our employees to be able to bring their full selves to work, which includes their culture. Cultural sensitivity and respect is also an important part of our process.
We engage with Mana Whenua groups during the consenting process to:
- prioritise Tikanga Māori values
- observe the Te Mana o te Wai and National Policy Statement - Freshwater Management 2020
- employ the six principles of mana whakahaere, kaitiakitanga, manaakitanga, governance, stewardship, and care and respect in our design considerations
- observe Accidental Discovery Protocols of iwi for unearthing of artefacts or kōiwi tangata
We are committed to developing and nurturing the next generation of engineers and surveyors. Under our Graduate Programme, we usually employ up to five engineering graduates and up to six survey graduates annually, in addition to summer/holiday interns.
Each Woods team plays a role in designing and delivering better communities. Sustainability and environmental wellbeing is a core focus of this approach. For example, we focus on preventing adverse environmental effects/damage when managing earthworks; designing streets that encourage active transport modes; considering climate change impacts in stormwater designs; designing energy efficient buildings with passive solar strategies; and choosing environmentally-certified materials.
We are certified to ISO 14001 (Environmental Management Systems), and our Environmental Committee defines, targets, and monitors our environmental systems and performance.