Sustainability


As a central player within the construction and civil engineering industry the Group takes responsibility for contributing to a sustainable development.

In collaboration with our customers and partners we wish to be known and recognized for sustainable solutions in the entire building life cycle from design and choice of materials to the operation and reutilization.

The Group’s goal is to create healthy, lasting and sustainable projects that favour people, climate and environment.
 
MT Højgaard Holding’s sustainability strategy structures the sustainability efforts in four themes:
  • Local and social responsibility
  • Health and learning
  • Climate and environment
  • Circular economy
 

Local and social responsibility

MT Højgaard Holding enhances social responsibility in the entire supply chain and develops local communities. The Group reaches out to local communities with offers for employment of unemployed residents on housing refurbishment, integration of young people in wage subsidy jobs and establishment of internships.

Health and learning

Working conditions must be in order with a healthy and safe working environment. All of the Group’s companies focus on preventing occupational injuries and wear in the entire value chain. Negligent conduct that can endanger the health and safety of others is not tolerated.

Climate and environment

The Group’s projects take part in reducing the impact on the environment and the climate and contributes to the preservation of biodiversity. The effort takes place through the entire lifecycle of the project from selection of sustainable materials to the operational phase, disposal, recycling and reutilisation.

The Group uses a wide range of certifications and labelling systems for example DGNB, The Nordic Swan Ecolabel, LEED and BREEAM which gives clients, owners and renters security that the projects live up to measurable standards within environment, economy and social aspects.

The Group’s ambition is to live up to the Danish national climate goal to reduce CO2 emissions with 70% by 2030.

Circular economy

One of the most important challenges of the construction and civil engineering industry is to ensure circular projects that consider the sustainability in the entire life cycle already in the planning and design phase. The Group’s companies emphasise the use of materials with a low energy and resource consumption and the optimisation of material use by using recycled materials and designing solutions that can be taken apart and reused.

The Group prioritizes to participate in projects focusing on circular economy and leads the way in the development of wood construction. The Group is continuously strengthening the effort by increasing the use of recycled materials, reducing waste and using lasting materials and solutions with a long lifetime.

Reporting

The group´s reports on access, policies, efforts, objectives and action plans in an annual CSR report, which forms part of the Group's annual report and constitutes the statutory statements of social responsibility and gender composition at management levels, cf. the Danish Financial Statements Act §99 a-b.

The Group's CSR reporting is based on the principles in Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4, where the Group reports at Core level. In addition, reporting also documents compliance with the UN’s 10 principles on sustainable behaviour and the requirements in the UN’s Global Compact, which MT Højgaard Holding joined in 2015.

CSR reports and letter of commitment to the UN Global Compact

Responsible Construction

MT Højgaard Holding has joined the Association for Responsible Construction’s charter for social responsibility in the real estate, construction and civil engineering industry in Denmark.

The Charter is a common standard of social responsibility that can open up dialogue on how to create value and promote productivity in the field. The charter is tailored to the construction and civil engineering industry and brings together common interests, which form the basis for action.  

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