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From climate change to city resilience, these long-term collaborations help us to tackle some of the world’s toughest problems.
From climate change to city resilience, these long-term collaborations help us to tackle some of the world’s toughest problems.

Tackling global priorities

We can only meaningfully contribute to sustainable development if we work in partnership with others. Arup collaborates with globally influential bodies and institutions to push for step-change outcomes in issues like climate resilience, energy efficiency, the circular economy agenda and the push for greater infrastructure resilience.

These partnerships address systemic challenges, creating connections between commercial experts, government representatives, policy makers, civil society and the wider public. In many different ways, they allow progressive ideas to gain credibility and momentum, moving our industry forward.   

Explore some of the outcomes our partners are working towards below:

Transition to a low and zero carbon emission economy

Our aim to decarbonise the built environment means working with partners at different scales. For example, our work with C40, WBCSD and EMF enables us to collaborate with city decision makers, business leaders and others to help shape a more sustainable approach to the use of materials and resources. 

We collaborate with partners on major initiatives in both the built environment and urban mobility sectors, exploring how more sustainable methods of production and design can be implemented and commercialised. Our July 2021 joint report with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development explores how net zero buildings can be achieved.

Achieving a circular economy

Today, businesses in every sector are waking up to the fact that we need to become much better stewards of our planet’s diminishing resources. Arup is a long time knowledge partner to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, helping to bring built environment perspectives to its pioneering work on the circular economy. Our partnership is currently focusing on how to speed up implementation of circular principles in the property sector. This work is a combination of advisory and technical insights, aimed at bringing greater sustainability to investor decision making. We’re also exploring ways to make circular economy practices easier to adopt throughout the property value chain. 

Enhancing resilience

The global pandemic and increasing effects of climate change have both illustrated the importance of resilience, to businesses, cities and nations alike. To advance this vital agenda we are collaborating with leading resilience-focused organisations. 

Resilience Rising is a new global non-profit consortium innovating to make systemic resilience the norm as society transforms toward a net-zero future. Following five successful years, our collaboration with the Lloyd’s Register Foundation to deliver the flagship resilience platform, The Resilience Shift, has now transitioned to an independent NGO, which convenes essential communities of practice to drive systemic change by building capability, advancing thought leadership, and advocating for change.

Our work with Resilient Cities Network - the world's leading urban resilience network ensures a safe and equitable world for all. 

Creating socially valuable outcomes

As practitioners of architecture, planning, engineering and urban design, the social implications of our work are an ever-present issue. In recent years, we have carried out research into how cities are used, finding ways to improve the equality of experience in public spaces and on transport systems. 

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Championing child-friendly cities

Championing child-friendly cities

Our work with the Real Play Coalition addresses a vital priority: how to shape cities so that children can thrive and learn safely. With urbanisation taking place at great speed in many countries, it’s important that the child’s experience isn’t ignored or overlooked.

Respecting the planet's natural boundaries

A key tenet of sustainable development is that any choice we make mustn’t exceed what the planet can naturally withstand. Establishing guidelines and guardrails in this regard requires a robust science-based approach.

Science-based Targets Network (SBTN) is an organisation bringing rigour and credibility to sustainable development outcomes, helping businesses and cities to make nature-positive decisions according to proven standards. Arup is a member of SBTN and we are collaborating on nature-based reporting for cities and companies, something that is both shaping future policy and reshaping investor thinking.

Arup has also joined an unprecedented network of organisations worldwide which share the ambition of the Earthshot Prize to incentivise change and help to repair our planet over the next ten years. Arup – as the only built environment firm currently taking part – is helping the Finalists develop their solutions faster to have the greatest possible impact, lending our engineering and consultancy expertise to supercharge their work to restore the planet.  This year we have supported The Pole Pole Foundation (Finalist – Protect and Restore Nature) in building an innovative sustainable operations and tourist base, which will provide an important space for community engagement and education work.

We are delighted that the connections made for us by The Earthshot Prize are accelerating our progress towards one of our key visions for the Pole Pole Foundation – building the John Kahekwa Community Conservation Centre. The Centre is an important space for community engagement and education and will have a positive impact on the organisation and our long-term mission. ” The Pole Pole Foundation Earthshot Finalist – Protect and Restore Nature

Meet our partners


C40 Cities

C40’s overarching goal is to help the world avoid catastrophic climate change, by delivering resilient and inclusive climate action which limits global heating to 1.5°C. 

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Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Ellen MacArthur Foundation are a charity committed to creating a circular economy, a new economic system in which we design out waste and pollution, keep products and materials in use, and regenerate natural systems. It’s a system that delivers better outcomes for people, and the environment.

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Real Play Coalition

Real Play Coalition

Real Play Coalition is a non-profit alliance created in 2018 between UNICEF, National Geographic, Arup, IKEA and LEGO Foundation. Its ambition is to create a movement that will narrow the play gap for 100 million children by 2030; making play globally accessible, integrated and inclusive.

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Resilience Rising

Resilience Rising

Resilience Rising (formerly The Resilience Shift) is creating a movement to bridge the infrastructure systems gap, to create a safe, resilient and sustainable future for all, in a world that is full of disruptive forces. With a network of members, partners and collaborators, TRS informs and promotes greater resilience through influencing policy, shaping practice and sharing learning, as a global hub for resilience best practice.

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Resilient Cities Network

The Resilient Cities Network

The Resilient Cities Network consists of member cities and Chief Resilience Officers from the 100 Resilient Cities program, sharing a common lens for holistic urban resilience and with thousands of projects in implementation.

100 Resilient Cities (100RC) was pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation in 2013, as part of its Global Centennial Initiative. In over five years of deep engagement with city leaders, communities, and the private sector, this dynamic network enabled transformational change in cities through support of resilience plans and early implementation of projects.

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Science Based Targets Network

Science Based Targets Network

Science Based Targets Network is a group of organizations working to shape private sector and city impacts on nature by using science-based targets.

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The Earthshot Prize

The Earthshot Prize

The Earthshot Prize is a new global prize for the environment, designed to incentivise change and help to repair our planet over the next ten years.

This year Arup supported The Pole Pole Foundation (Finalist – Protect and Restore Nature) in building an innovative sustainable operations and tourist base, which will both increase revenue for the Foundation, and provide an important space for community engagement and education work.

The Earthshot Prize

World Economic Forum

World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. 


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