Arup’s shared values, like our firm’s name, are derived from the beliefs and convictions of our founder, the engineer and philosopher Sir Ove Arup. He believed that work was only valuable when it had something higher to strive for. We continue to embody that idea – that our work is truly profitable when it shapes a better world.
As a global sustainable development consultancy, our work is focused on producing safe, inclusive and resilient communities, infrastructure and cities. We recognise that sustainable development encompasses many different factors. So, our work also prioritises environmental regeneration, biodiversity, conservation of resources, stable economic growth and social value.
A commitment to the planet
Our people are working at the forefront of a more sustainable world, developing new approaches to the built and natural environments we all share. As a firm, we continue to make significant commitments that will lead to greater conservation of resources, biodiversity, and energy, in everything we do.
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Striving for something higher
On 9 July 1970 in Winchester, Sir Ove delivered 'The Key Speech' to all his partners from the various practices. In this speech Ove set out the aims of our firm and, in his own distinctive and philosophical way, identified the principles by which they might be achieved.
The aims and principles laid out by Sir Ove represent our values. These values are our guide to how we deal with our clients and the work that we do.
Quality of work
Straight and honourable dealings
Today the ‘The Key Speech’ is required reading for each person who joins Arup and is valuable to anyone who wants to understand what continues to motivate us, both as individuals and as an organisation.
Arup Fellows – celebrating excellence
Fellowships celebrate those at the forefront of excellence at Arup. These individuals exemplify exceptional talent, technical excellence, vision and ingenuity – not just in our firm, but in the world.
Engaging with communities
Our aims influence more than just our day-to-day work – they inspire us to look for greater outcomes from everything we do. Our community engagement programme is specifically aligned with what we call ‘social usefulness’. One way we demonstrate usefulness is by pursuing projects, initiatives and partnerships which improve the lives of those most in need.