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Arup works in partnership with many leading organisations in the public and private sector, shaping the response to some of the world’s biggest challenges. 

Humanitarianism also implies a social conscience, a wish to do socially useful work, and to join hands with others fighting for the same values. ” Ove Arup Sir Ove Arup Founder

Extending our expertise

All work in the built environment is about a commitment to the future. From the design to the materials to the asset’s endurance, every project brings with it the responsibility to consider its likely legacy. 

Beyond our client commissions, we have always believed in committing Arup’s expertise to socially useful work. Indeed, our breadth of professional disciplines and strong research base means we’re able to contribute positively to a wide range of issues. In each partnership we undertake, our goal is to help shape a better world.

The built environment is increasingly threatened by the effects of climate change, so it makes sense that our firm is playing a key role in the implementation of the 2015 COP21 Paris climate accord. We’ve led the way in supporting the growing C40 Cities group, an organisation of political leaders dedicated to tackling climate change in the urban context.

Protecting our urban future

We also partner with like-minded organisations, helping groups like the Rockefeller Foundation to develop new tools like the City Resilience Index and 100 Resilient Cities programme. This vital sustainability and resilience research dovetails with our commercial work on cities, transport, water and energy infrastructure, helping cities to understand the risks they face and plan for a more secure future.

The built environment continues to be a resource-intensive sector, one that traditionally wastes too much and preserves too little. Arup is a knowledge partner to the Ellen Macarthur Foundation, an organisation committed to developing more sustainable productive approaches like the ‘circular economy’.