Parsons Brinckerhoff strives to uphold the example set by our founder, William Barclay Parsons, who devoted an extraordinary amount of his energy and talents to community service. We honor his legacy through our interactions with stakeholders, both within the company and in the wider community.
Community Involvement Challenge
Throughout the year, Parsons Brinckerhoff provides employees with several opportunities to serve their communities, either through contributions to nonprofits or by volunteering. In the US, our Community Involvement Challenge is a friendly, year-long competition in which Parsons Brinckerhoff offices compete for the most points by donating time, money, services, and goods. Winners are rewarded with a company donation to nonprofits selected by the winning offices. At the conclusion of the 2013 challenge, Parsons Brinckerhoff employees donated 7,175 volunteer hours, US$135,457, and 222 pints of blood through various events.
Matching Funds Program
A large annual fundraiser is the Matching Funds Program, administered in the US by the Parsons Brinckerhoff Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the firm. In 2013, in response to natural disasters, the Foundation arranged fundraising drives and matched employee donations to organizations such as Doctors Without Borders (an organization that delivers medical aid to those in need worldwide) and the American Red Cross. A similar matching gift program is administered throughout the firm’s UK offices.
Parsons Brinckerhoff employees also engage in a wide range of activities that give back, enhance, or beautify their communities: blueshoots, an initiative in the UK that began in 2012 and has since spread to other regions of the world, comprises staff-led volunteering teams from each office to partner with local nonprofits to raise funds. Organizations supported by the blueshoots program include The Mustard Tree, which assists homeless and disadvantaged people with food, clothing, bedding, furniture and workforce training; and The Meath Epilepsy Trust, an organization that offers a variety of support services to persons living with epilepsy.
In 2013, employees in China volunteered a collective total of 2,360 hours in their neighborhoods. Several employees also participate in the Dragon Boat competition--part of the Sai Kung Races and Festival--teaming with the Neighborhood Advice-Action Council’s Mental Disability division. Additionally, volunteers spend a day with the elderly in beautiful parks in their communities.
In the Middle East, the blueshoots team and the regional Professional Growth Network (for employees with 10 or fewer years of experience) celebrated World Earth Day in April. Employees were encouraged to wear green and be mindful of their individual carbon footprints. Brainstorming sessions were held in various offices to determine how to improve the environmental performance of the office. In the Dubai office, employees participated in the 2014 Walk for Education and made donations to the Red Cross.
In the Australia region, the regional Professional Growth Network ran a Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Awareness Month program which included a blood drive, a bicycle network presentation, and a voice call from an employee volunteering with UNICEF in Mongolia.
Our solid record of social responsibility is evidenced not only by the nature of the projects we undertake, but also by our commitment to the communities in which these projects are situated. Where necessary, we establish innovative and effective mitigation programs, and collaborate with community groups to offset and adverse impacts of project development on both short- and long-term basis.
Each year, members of Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Green Teams across the US donate hundreds of hours participating in activities to improve their local communities and environment. Although many of these events take place on or near Earth Day (April 22), the contributions and their steadfast commitments continue throughout the entire year. Stream clean-ups; landscaping; the planting of tree seedlings; and the beautifying of streets and sidewalks are just some of the tasks performed by teams throughout the year.
Our employees also volunteer with numerous industry organizations that serve to increase participation by women and minorities in the engineering industry; for more on these activities, see our Diverse Environments page.