Sustainable Development & Global Commitments

Delivering an impactful, uplifting legacy

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are at the heart of the United Nations’ shared blueprint to peace and prosperity for people and the planet. Through sustainable consultancy and innovative design and engineering, our teams strive to generate incredible value for communities, drive sustainable progress, honour humanity, and safeguard the planet for future generations. 

We play our role in driving progress towards global targets, by aligning our own business operations to global principles of human rights, labour, environmental responsibility, and anti-corruption and by embedding the sustainable development goals in all of the projects we offer our clients.

We advocate a brighter future for everyone.

United Nations Global Compact

Dar is a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) – the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. By signing the compact, Dar moved to align all strategies and operations with universal principles of human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption. Dar also committed to driving business awareness and action in support of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

With our people and our clients, Dar works towards the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Creating spaces for healing (SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing)

As a regional leader in providing healthcare design and engineering services, Dar promotes the availability of quality general and specialised healthcare in the communities it serves.

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Our perspective on SDG 3

Setting the stage for quality education (SDG 4: Quality Education)

We collaborate with educational planners to create modern, inclusive, safe, healthy, and sustainable educational institutions. Our schools and universities weave together the latest technologies, teaching facilities, and research trends. From classrooms to labs, our experience covers the myriad facets of educational designs that help our communities move forward.

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Our perspective on SDG 4

Safeguarding the planet’s most valuable resource (SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation)

In water-stressed regions across the Middle East and Africa, Dar works with public and private stakeholders to design innovative, sustainable, efficient, and integrated water infrastructure solutions that empower communities, meet societal and industrial development needs, facilitate recharge and reuse, and safeguard essential water resources for future generations.

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Our perspective on SDG 6

Discover how our engineers are delivering resilient, innovative water infrastructure

Transitioning to renewable, net zero energy (SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy)

Around the world, we work to empower clients and communities to meet their energy needs and aspirations — whether those include reaching a high benchmark of energy independence, increasing the share of renewables in the energy mix, setting a more positive carbon footprint, leveraging cheaper and more environmentally-friendly sources of energy, or becoming more resilient. From nation-wide strategies to targeted interventions in off-grid and remote communities to building-level designs, we use our expertise to accelerate the global transition to renewable and clean energy.

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Our perspective on SDG 7

Listen in as our energy specialists discuss SDG 7

Driving industry, innovation, and infrastructure (SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure)

As one of the leading infrastructure design consultancies in the Middle East and Africa, Dar contributes significantly to the achievement of Goal 9, specifically respond to targets 9.1 (developing quality, reliable, sustainable, and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure to support economic development and human wellbeing) and target 9.4 (upgrading infrastructure and retrofitting industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally-sound technologies and industrial processes).

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Facilitating smart and sustainable cities (SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities)

Dar’s planners and designers aim to make cities more sustainable by creating career and business opportunities, providing safe and affordable housing, building resilient societies and economies, investing in public transport, creating green public spaces, and improving urban planning and management in participatory and inclusive ways.

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Our urban planners discuss SDG 11

Leading climate action (SDG 13: Climate Action)

A signatory to the World Green Building Council’s Net Zero Buildings Commitment, Dar works with clients to achieve zero carbon across their assets and portfolios. The greatest difference we make is through the advice and solutions we offer in a transformative agenda to shape a net zero future.

Our commitment to a net zero future

Discover how we’re supporting the race to global net zero by 2050

Safeguarding life on land (SDG 15: Life on Land)

Dar’s contributions to SDG 15 primarily touch on targets 15.5 and 15.9: protect biodiversity and natural habitats and integrate ecosystem and biodiversity in governmental planning. For the former, Dar offers extensive environmental services including environmental and social impact assessments, environmental and social management and action planning, construction environmental management, environmental effects monitoring, and a host of other services designed to empower clients to understand the impacts of their projects on surrounding environments and plan accordingly. Meanwhile, for target 15.9, Dar works with national governments and other high-level stakeholders to plan and develop environmental policies and environmental policy frameworks.

Our perspective on SDG 15

Explore the projects our environment team has contributed significantly to