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A Responsible Business


Our Commitment to Social Values

When our founder, Professor Sir George Grenfell Baines, first coined the idea of building ‘sustainable places for people’, he spoke to the importance of creating spaces which enrich the communities and environments around them. As an early nod to the emphasis on social values in today’s industry, the idea of designing inclusive, responsible and resilient spaces has been part of our ethos since the inception of the practice in 1961.

01// People

We care about the wellbeing of our employees and those who experience the places and spaces that we design. Our extensive Employee Assistance Programme and BDP Mind Mental Health First Aiders provide health and wellbeing advice to support colleagues across the practice.  Through our human-centric approach to design, we focus on inclusion, wellbeing, accessibility and connectivity to ensure all our buildings and spaces generate a strong sense of belonging for all.

Employee engagement is also important to us at BDP, so we have a number of forums that ensure participation by colleagues in key strategic areas.  These include BDP Belonging that champions our equity and inclusion strategy, BDP Lab that promotes innovation and BDP Life where employee representatives are consulted on strategy and policy decisions.

02// Projects

As our industry rises to the urgent need to cut carbon emissions and combat the climate emergency, we draw on our unique interdisciplinary expertise to deliver environmentally responsible, low and net zero carbon designs and promote the sustainable and ethical procurement of third party products and services.

Our own operational performance is monitored against annual objectives and we have developed solutions like our carbon counter and social value tool kits to help reduce our environmental impact and enhance the quality of life for local communities.

03// Communities

By building strong, purpose-driven partnerships with the people we serve and collaborating with stakeholders throughout the design process, we ensure our projects create social value for local communities that stand the test of time. 

We work closely with local schools, charities and social enterprises to support community engagement initiatives related to education and training, career development, work experience and job creation.

04// Governance

Good governance is the cornerstone of good business. That’s why, as a practice, we are committed to promoting transparency, ethical behaviour and accountability both within our own operations, and externally with our clients and strategic partners. We continually review our policies and procedures to reflect changes in legislation, market conditions and best practice.


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