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Thiess Sponsors New Theme for IS Rating Tool

2014-02-26 11:55:00
Thiess Sponsors New Theme for IS Rating Tool

Interest in the Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) rating scheme continues to build with an increasing number of industry stakeholders using the tool to assess the sustainability credentials of transport, water, communication and energy infrastructure projects.

Introduced in 2012, and facilitated by the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA), the tool is the only comprehensive rating scheme available in Australia to evaluate sustainability across the design, construction and operation stages of infrastructure projects and assets. Increasingly, it is being adopted by agencies and government departments as a contractual requirement.

The current IS rating tool assesses projects and assets against six core themes: Management and Governance; Using Resources; Emissions, Pollution and Waste; Ecology; People and Place; and Innovation. In 2014, two new themes - Workforce and Economic - are proposed to be added to the rating tool.

Thiess, one of Australia’s leading construction, mining and services contractors and an ISCA foundation member, will play a pivotal role in developing the new Workforce theme, providing financial and in-kind support for the initial scoping study. In-kind support for the study is also being given by the John Holland Group, another Leighton Holdings-owned operating company.

“We are excited about this opportunity to continue our support of the IS rating tool and involvement with the ISCA,” Thiess’ Executive General Manager, People, Safety and Environment Peter Olsen said.

“People are key to driving innovation and excellence on any project and the ongoing success of our industry. Recognising their contribution is fundamental to ensuring an engaged and committed workforce.” Peter said.

The Workforce theme is expected to take between six and nine months to develop. The scoping study will deliver a clear set of categories and credits covering issues such as safety, health and wellbeing, diversity, knowledge and performance. It will also set the scope of work and funding estimates for development of the full theme.

An Advisory Group of industry experts is currently being established to guide the scoping study’s development. Industry stakeholders will also be invited to attend a series of workshops to discuss the category topics.

Opportunities for broader industry involvement will be available throughout the development process. Please contact ISCA if you are interested in being involved. Online Contact

For more information see the prospectus. Workforce Theme Development Prospectus