Focusing our efforts
To set ourselves up for an even greater impact in the future, we took an open, honest look at our past and considered where we should direct our efforts.
We conducted interviews with key stakeholders and studied everything from annual reviews to financial reports to discover why we’ve been successful and how we can improve. This detailed analysis led us to a set of clear guidelines for our 2021-2030 strategy.
We are proud of the impact our international placements had and they remain an important part of our history and the journey we went on to evolve into the movement we are today. But the number of people they’ve helped either directly, or indirectly, is relatively small compared to the size of the global challenges we face. We took time to assess our work and realised that we can positively affect many more lives by using our influence and educational programmes to encourage change on a much larger and strategic scale. As such our focus has moved from running individual pro-bono projects to creating systemic change.
Those who participated in our placements acquired valuable knowledge and skills and developed a globally responsible mindset. We will now help as many as possible in the engineering community to acquire these and apply them to their everyday practice.
The last 15+ years have given us an excellent understanding of what effective and poor practice looks like. The importance of not imposing one-size-fits-all solutions in areas without taking into consideration specific needs, for instance. We’re using this experience to create a set of values for the wider engineering community.
We will profile and continually assess our partners against this framework. We’ve introduced new processes to effectively assess organisations so members can be reassured of our transparency and commitment to the sustainability cause.
To achieve our ambitions, we need to support and empower a very wide network of individuals and organisations committed to promoting globally responsible engineering.
We are now focusing on creating a structure for the movement to ensure our collective voice is as consistent and powerful as possible and that we’re using our resources wisely for maximum, targeted effect.
We must build an international network if we are to truly tackle social and environmental injustice and achieve our goals of globally responsible industry.
We will work with the Engineers Without Borders global movement, alongside universities and corporate partners who are multinational in scale or ambition.
This decade is crucial and the changes we need to see in the industry to achieve social and environmental justice cannot wait. So we will transition away from youth outreach and other youth-engagement activities, where there are already a number of excellent organisations promoting STEM. Instead, we will concentrate on our work with universities – which is still one of the most common career paths into engineering – and boost our efforts to reach all professionals within the current workforce.
We will focus on upskilling the engineering sector, rather than increasing public understanding of engineering. But our training programmes will stress the need to make sure communities are actively involved during engineering decision-making processes. This will lead to more sustainable outcomes and raise public awareness of the good our industry can do, potentially encouraging more people to pursue engineering pathways.
Diversity of experience, background and voices continues to be very important to us and imperative if we are to achieve social justice for all. We work alongside many other organisations and individuals who aim to make the engineering community more representative of society and we recognise that often they are better placed than us to do so. We have therefore decided to focus on upskilling the engineering community on inclusivity, one of the key principles of globally responsible engineering.
We want to help ensure that all viewpoints and knowledge are heard, included and respected, and that diversity is maintained once achieved.
We will publish annual impact reports, carry out a review of objectives after three years and a full interim review of the strategy after five years. We will adjust the strategy to take into account changes in the world and progress towards our objectives so that we can be as effective as possible.