Social initiativesJohn Holland

Social initiatives

We’ve repeatedly been the number one investor in social enterprise across the Australian construction industry. It’s one more way we pay it forward.

We back social enterprise as a powerful way to lower disadvantage, and to bring about generational change. Social enterprises are deeply integrated into our supply chain: we have 59 partners and counting. We work with specialist advocates to replace traditional suppliers with those suppliers who can add social and community benefits. This includes providing meaningful employment for refugees, people with a disability, veterans, and the long-term unemployed, as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

2022 highlights


Overall reported social enterprise spend across the industry


social enterprise spend


Indigenous business spend


local employment in regional areas


women including frontline and staff

Serving real purpose

Serving real purpose

Coffee vans are commonplace on construction sites. But Unisus Group brings something extra to its brew: they’re the first construction site canteen that’s a social enterprise.

Serving transformational change with every pour – employment, training and opportunities for those affected by disadvantage. Giving people purpose and providing hope.

It’s a business that’s actively human at heart, and one we’re proud to support.             

Positively rubbish

Positively rubbish

Outlook Environmental may be in the waste business, but it does a whole world of good. Working with people living with disability or disadvantage, this social enterprise processes and diverts rubbish from landfill. Every tonne equals one hour’s work at their end. 

Over the last four years, we’ve sent many tonnes of waste their way. It’s a path we’ll continue on — for Outlook’s people, and the planet.

Breaking through the hard yards

Breaking through the hard yards

For veterans, re-entering the workforce is challenging for many reasons. That’s why in 2020 we invested more than $12 million in social enterprises such as Veterans in Construction. And in 2021, we announced our national partnership with Soldier On. These organisations do incredible work – opening doors to the industry; supporting Australian veterans and their families. We now have 70 veterans working on our sites, with plans to strengthen this number across the country.

Opening doors

Opening doors

Getting a foot in the door can be tough — even more so for refugees and asylum seekers. Many have qualifications but are unable to work in their new country. Our partnership with CareerSeekers is a real leg up. 

Through our network, we help with paid internships, university placements, and invaluable local work experience. So, when opportunity knocks, they’re more than ready to walk through that door. 

Back on track

Back on track

Where others might turn their back, we welcome with open arms. Our ON TRACK initiative helps young Indigenous Australians who have been part of the juvenile justice system to turn a corner. Participants learn valuable work and life skills to build a career in our industry.

We also put our money where our mouth is. In 2021 we spent over $100 million with around 127 Indigenous suppliers across 103 of our projects. We understand that cultural diversity is a key strength, and that means giving people a second chance.


John Holland pays respect to the Traditional Owners and Custodiams of the land on which we work and live, and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all First Nations peoples today.