Daryn Hobbs the employee sponsor for a 2016 HDR Foundation grant to Bridges to Prosperity | Panama

Corporate Responsibility

We’re all in this together.

With every project, we ask the same question: what’s our impact on the world?

From designing a road that improves mobility to a hospital that heals, we take to heart our role in making the world a better, smarter, safer place. We think globally and act locally to improve the places where we live and work.

It begins by working together, with our clients and communities, ending each time with collaborations that add meaning and value. We know every small action yields great results.

We take responsibility through:

Community Involvement & Support

Both as individuals and as a company, we take pride in supporting efforts to better our communities — not just financially, but also with our time. Whether it’s providing basic needs, beautifying a public place or leading enriching activities, we are passionate about being engaged.

Many of our team members also volunteer with aid organizations such as Bridges to Prosperity and Engineers Without Borders, giving their time and sharing their professional talents to provide communities around the world access to healthcare, clean water and modern energy grids. And through Design 4 Others, more than 200 of our employees have provided architecture, engineering and planning services to communities in need. Recent projects have included a new school in Kenya to expand capacity and increase the number of students who have access to education and a new outpatient clinic in rural Malawi that provides community-based care to more than 20,000 residents.

In addition, in 2012 we created the HDR Foundation. Fueled by donations from our employees, the Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations in the communities in which we live and work. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded nearly $5 million in grants.

Health & Safety

We want our employees to bring their best self to work, which is why we work hard to make wellness a significant part of our culture. Our full-time wellness manager, along with over 130 volunteer employee wellness coordinators dedicate their time to promoting healthy lifestyles through multidimensional wellness initiatives. From health education, to tobacco cessation programs and financial wellness, the goal is to improve the quality of life for our employees and their families.

And while we want our employees to come to work happy and healthy, we also strive to make sure they go home safely — every day. We foster a culture of safe behavior to ensure a safe work environment both in the office and on our project sites. Careful planning, comprehensive training, continual observation and feedback, root cause analyses and consistent management support are the cornerstones of our philosophy that “good enough” is never good enough when it comes to safety.



Our third party partners, subcontractors, suppliers, joint venture partners, agents and advocates play a significant role in building and maintaining HDR's world-class brand and reputation. We expect our Third Party Partners to act in accordance with HDR's principles set forth in our Third Parties' Code of Business Conduct.

HDR's Third Parties' Code of Business Conduct

Diverse and Small Businesses

Through our National Supplier Diversity and Small Business Program, we work to increase the utilization of our small and socioeconomic business partners. Our program includes diverse subcontractor recruitment, development, mentoring, outreach and comprehensive reporting. This strategy not only ensures we comply with all requirements for working with small, minority, and other socioeconomic businesses, but also helps our diverse business partners perform as subcontractors and prime contractors.

If you are interested in subcontracting opportunities with us, please complete our Supplier Diversity and Small Business Profile Form, or contact web_smallbusiness [at] hdrinc.com (Jackie Hacker), Director, National Supplier Diversity and Small Business Program.

Sustainable Business Practices

We are committed to reducing our environmental impact through the use of sustainable business practices. We continually examine our day-to-day activities to determine where we can make business improvements that deliver long-term sustainable value. We set measurable goals and assess the results to see how we should move forward.

One target we have set is to reduce GHG emission levels 20% by 2020 from our 2011 baseline, adjusted for growth. Our emissions reductions from 2011-2018 were more than 10%. We are working to achieve this reduction through targeted operational initiatives, as well as educational and awareness. Some recently implemented strategies include:

  • Issuing a company-wide Waste Prevention and Recycling Standard, to reduce the amount and type of waste that goes into landfills.
  • Completing a materiality assessment and using it to inform our 2020 Sustainability + Corporate Responsibility Report.
  • Continuing to work with meeting venues to introduce composting, promote reuse and enhance recycling efforts.
  • Working with our Real Estate Department to ensure office fit-outs and renovations identify energy efficiency opportunities and implement the best solutions.

View some of our other success in this Sustainable Business Practices infographic.