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Improving access to essential services

Our social infrastructure assets provide quality healthcare, housing and education. In addition, some of our projects have specific community programs focused on access to essential services, such as good quality drinking water. For example, in Colombia we ensured that three isolated communities were able to access the water system, delivered water filters to 160 families and eight rural schools and built and operated five water treatment plants.

  • 270 hospital beds
  • 730 units of housing for the elderly
  • 804 bedrooms for students
  • 3,500 people provided with water filters
  • c.90m rail passengers
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Supporting local employment

Infrastructure supports local employment in a number of ways: creating jobs, supporting local suppliers, and offering community programmes to develop locals’ skills. Our projects create jobs for the local community. At John Laing, we hire from communities surrounding projects wherever possible. For example, the North East Link PPP, the largest PPP in Australian history, will create 8,000 jobs including a target of more than 900 dedicated to priority jobseekers.

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Case Study

Ruta del Cacao, Colombia

The Ruta del Cacao road project has a team of 42 ESG experts, including a John Laing ESG Manager, to lead engagement with local communities, many of whom depend on the existing road network for their livelihoods. A seed capital fund supported the startup of local businesses, benefitting 52 families, 35 families received entrepreneurship training and two schools were expanded and relocated, offering better study areas and new sports facilities. Recently, John Laing also provided an air conditioning system for a school and has supported projects to provide access to drinking water to 118 families.