Right now, more than 29,000 Arcadians are working to address global challenges such as climate change, urbanisation, digitalisation, and poverty. They are reimaging the places where we live and work, developing new ways to move people and goods between our cities and they are redefining how we use and protect the resources we need. Their work is guided by our company’s core values: People First, Integrity, Client Success, Collaboration, and Sustainability.
A purposeful and people-centred workplace
At Arcadis we’re passionate about improving quality of life and our people share that passion, together we are committed to putting sustainability at the heart of everything we do. Arcadians are given the opportunity to transform their world and the world around them, whether working with clients, upskilling themselves, championing equality and inclusion or getting involved in charity work – to name just a few. Our people value different perspectives, they care about the sustainability of our planet and dare to shape the future. We encourage our people to have a growth mindset and provide the space they need to develop both personally and professionally, building a flexible career that works for them.
Our commitment to our people runs deep and is underpinned by our company’s largest shareholder the Lovinklaan Foundation. Each year, the Lovinklaan Foundation takes the returns on its investment in Arcadis and reinvests them into programs that support the development of our people and communities around the world. Improving quality of life is no mere slogan, it’s who we are.
Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion
Arcadians care for each other and we believe that diversity hones our competitive edge and contributes to our company's strength. In a diverse workplace innovation thrives, bringing strength to our projects and to the value we deliver for our clients. We want every Arcadian to feel proud to be themselves at work.
People First is our number one company value and it means ensuring that each and every Arcadian is treated equally, with respect and dignity, regardless of their age, disabilities, faith, gender, sexual orientation, or race. We have zero tolerance for discrimination, harassment, inappropriate behavior, or unfair treatment of any kind.
To continually improve our workplaces, we actively support equality, diversity, and inclusion workstreams within the company, focused on age, disability, faith, gender, LGBTIQA+ and race.
We are also proud to have achieved Ambassador level in the 2020 Global Benchmark Report from Workplace Pride, the international platform for LGBTIQ+ inclusion at work.
How Arcadis supports gender diversity
- Arcadis Australia has achieved the WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation for 2021-2023. This recognises Arcadis for taking deliberate, strategic actions to drive positive change towards gender equality.
- Our Executive Leadership is gender balanced and as part of our 2021 -2023 strategy, we have committed to establishing a workforce that is 40% female, by 2023.
- In Australia, from 2019 to 2021 our permanent female hiring rates have risen by 11% to 42%.Over the same period we have also significantly increased our female manager population from 23.7% in 2019 to 28.9% currently, an increase of 5.2%.
- Arcadians are eligible to 14 weeks paid parental leave for primary carers with no waiting period for new employees.
- We are also committed to eliminating the pay gap, ensuring there is pay equity among all employees.
- Our flexible workstyle includes work from home and part time options and empowers our people to find a workstyle that works for them and their individual situation.
“At Arcadis, our people are our greatest asset. That’s why equality, diversity, and inclusion are so important for our company. “
Jacoline van Blokland, Chief People Officer
At Arcadis we believe that flexibility means so much more than working part-time or from home. It’s not about how, when, or where the work is done - so long as it is done. Our workstyle promise allows our people to work in a way that suits their needs now and in the future. Developed in collaboration with our people and drawing on their insights, it empowers Arcadians to define a working life that works for them. To ensure success, our people work with their line manager to determine a workstyle that will suit them, our clients and the business. This creates trust and a positive life balance, so our people can thrive in their personal and work lives.
“We’re focused on creating a supportive and flexible work environment while also ensuring we meet the needs of our clients through our Workstyle Promise: Workstyles that work for everyone. Empowering your success.” David Raftery Country Director & Business Area Director - Resilience
Introducing the new Arcadis Melbourne office
David Raftery, Australia Country Director and Business Area Director - Resilience introduces Arcadis’ new Melbourne office in the Queen & Collins precinct. The new office forms part of our vision to create a flexible workspace where our people can connect, collaborate, socialise, workshop ideas and do their industry-leading work in a way that best suits them. #improvingqualityoflife
Sustainable, collaborative workplaces
In Australia, we have offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, and Perth. Our workplace transformation is currently underway and we’re working to transform each of our offices into sustainable, inclusive workplaces, inspiring our clients, enhancing collaboration, and promoting the wellbeing and health of all Arcadians.
Our Melbourne office was the first to undergo this transformation and is located in the 5 Star Green Star Design rated Queen and Collins building – contributing towards our Net Zero target. It offers state-of-the-art digital facilities, designated spaces for focus, collaboration and well-being and is a workplace our Melbourne-based Arcadians are proud of.
Our new Brisbane office will be ready in June 2022 and our Sydney, Perth and Gold Coast offices will also undergo updates to bring them in line with the workplace transformation.