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FIDIC 2009: Action points

The FIDIC conference was focused on generating real actions for delegates to take away. After three days of presentations and much discussion, delegates left with an agenda for change for FIDIC, its member associations and individual companies.

Actions for FIDIC

Sustainable cities

  • Create new benchmarking systems for sustainable infrastructure design and delivery
  • Measure sustainability objectives and benchmark cities across the globe

People and resources

  • Design a framework and guidance to approach schools/colleges it helps to promote the profession
  • Create a FIDIC masters certificate

Developing countries

  • FIDIC to create a mentoring network
  • Create/facilitate partnerships between developed and developing countries

Ethical behaviour

  • Members to behave to ethical standards.
  • Better promotion/refresh FIDIC guidance on ethics

FIDIC tools

  • Set out new and more effective or relevant policy statements
  • Create a measureable framework for carbon accounting in construction
  • Create a database of good, sustainable design practice

Actions for Associations

  • Invest in professionalising the industry
  • Build relationships and alliances
  • Champion important issues and invest in advocacy and lobbying
  • Engage government with targeted issues on which to focus

Actions for companies

  • Manage integrity and values formally
  • Train and invest in people, especially future engineers
  • Put ideas into practice − “walk the talk” − be prepared to put forward ideas
  • Engage with politicians and the public
  • Educate all aspects of society on the value of decent infrastructure
  • Invest in research and thought leadership
  • Support and promote member associations and FIDIC

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