Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing Australia today, and our impact on climate as a construction company is significant. Construction projects are challenging and complex from start to finish, and we recognise our commitment to become more sustainable is urgent but equally a long-term, always-on approach.
PeopleWe recognise our opportunity as a construction company to create meaningful change for people. The way we design, build and do business has a significant impact that lasts a lifetime, and remaining diligent around climate and supporting our community is woven into the fabric of the Figurehead culture.
SustainabilityAs an industry leader, we know actions speak louder than words, and are proactively reducing the environmental impact of our operations.
Climate Active Organisation
NEXT innovation working group working on ways to reduce carbon emissions on sites, at our office, and in the everyday lives of Figurehead staff. Current emission reduction strategies focus on improving construction site waste management and separation, and transitioning to Greenpower for electricity, our source of emissions. Investigating how we can educate to install at-home solar to offset any impact when working from home with rebates and education.
We’re offsetting majority of our emissions by investing in Carbon Neutral’s Australian Native Reforestation Project in the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor, in conjunction with wind farm renewable energy projects.
3. Considered Impact Developments
Figurehead Group’s future office at 116 Rokeby St will be Carbon Neutral – and is targeting Platinum WELL Certification.
Our commitment to carbon neutrality means continuing to measure and report on our environmental impact, assessing our progress with the goal of constant innovation and improvement. Our NEXT program keeps us accountable.
ReconciliationFigurehead respect and honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living First Nations cultures and commit to building a better, more sustainable future together.
We work, live and play on lands that have never been ceded.
Figurehead are in the early stages of our cultural awareness and reconcilliation journey, to be informed and pay respect to traditional owners of our offices and all sites on which we work.
We respect and honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and future—acknowledging the stories, traditions and living First Nations cultures and commit to building a better, more sustainable future together.
In July 2022 our leadership team and 116 Rokeby Project team commenced Cultural Awareness training with the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation, traditional owners of the land at Rokeby Street, Collingwood.
“Doing things the right way has been really important; and the significance is magnified with every yarn and First Nations story that has been generously shared with us. Knowing that the Traditional Owners have embraced the artwork as part of the community makes me really proud of what we're achieving at 116 Rokeby in particular."
- Joe Grasso, Founder and Managing Director, Figurehead Group
Zoe Kennedy FoundationIn 2020, Figurehead’s commitment to helping those in need saw us launch a charitable initiative of our own—the Zoe Kennedy Foundation—following the tragic passing of the daughter of our friend and loyal colleague, Figurehead Construction Manager, Lach Kennedy.
Figurehead's own Asthma Charity
Zoe suffered an acute asthma attack and was rushed to hospital where she was immediately placed on life-support. Four days later, the Kennedy family was devastated to learn that Zoe would not recover.
In partnership with Asthma Australia, Figurehead established the Zoe Kennedy Foundation. Through grants and PhD Scholarships, the foundation helps fund progressive research into asthma prevention, management and eradication, with a specific focus on the increased risk for teenagers—and in doing so, honours a young life cut short.
Over $300,000 has been raised by the Zoe Kennedy Foundation, fun by Figurehead volunteers and the Kennedy family.
InnovationA strategic approach to best practice innovation enables us to harness fully the creative problem-solving of our best and brightest minds.
The Figurehead Group pursues innovation with focus and purpose. Operating within the structured environment of our NEXT program, we ensure every research and development initiative aligns with our organisational strategy.
Working together in small, task-specific groups that draw upon Figurehead’s vast experience and multifaceted expertise, we challenge ourselves to devise and deliver best practice methods, systems and technologies across a wide range of critical areas, including ESD, construction methodology and occupational health and safety.
This continual improvement ensures Figurehead remains at the forefront of innovation within our industry, and succeeds in creating ever more efficient, more environmentally sustainable outcomes for the benefit of our team, our stakeholders and the end users of the projects we deliver.