The UPS International Disaster Relief and Resilience Award: Arup

Longlisted for a Business in the Community Responsible Business Award 2018


Action and Impact

With more than 80 offices in 35 countries and a team of over 13,000 planners, designers, engineers and consultants, Arup is the creative force behind many of the world's most prominent building and infrastructure projects.
The company’s Disaster Response and Recovery Programme is a key part of the way in which it engages with communities across its global footprint, using its technical expertise to improve lives and reduce the suffering of those in need.
Arup’s work spans a number of phases in the so-called ‘disaster management cycle’. For example, following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, it worked with Habitat for Humanity to give technical assistance on transitional shelters and permanent homes. It also worked with an intergovernmental organisation to develop a strategy for the disposal of rubble.
Similarly, after Hurricane Ike, Arup worked with the Turks and Caicos Islands to update outdated building guidelines, which had led to the collapse of many small buildings in 2014.
As the business says, it has always felt the need to strike a balance between its commercial goals and the socially useful role it can play. “We’ve demonstrated how bringing our skills to bear to meet real community needs can have a multiplier effect that is greater than fundraising alone,” says the firm’s chairman Gregory Hodkinson.