About NHEO Institute for Sustainable Construction
We are a global, volunteer-led organization that began as a non-profit foundation in 2008.
We’re on a mission to inspire and empower tomorrow’s leaders and forward-thinking businesses to create a more inclusive, diversified, sustainable, and collaborative construction industry, accelerating the transition to a more sustainable society.
Our vision is to drive long-term, long-lasting change in our highly complex sector.
As one of the world’s largest economic ecosystems, the construction sector has a significant role to play in attaining global sustainability goals.
NHEO is a platform for impact
We believe that progress is made by bringing individuals from all walks of life together who desire and power to effect positive change.
To influence and cooperate on the most urgent challenges in our sector, we interact and collaborate with governmental, business, academic, and other community leaders and groups.
Thanks to our unique partnership with top industry groups, we have a worldwide platform that draws partners of all sizes and skill levels.
We are in a unique position to link forward-thinking companies with our network in order to achieve shared social and sustainability goals.
For the industry’s future development, good coordination with all stakeholders is essential.
We support the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Key Focus Areas
- Health and Safety
- Leadership Development
- Civic Engagement
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- Circularity: Responsible Production and Consumption
- Environment and Climate Change
- Technology Adoption
- Ethics & Transparency
- Community Investment
NHEO Highlighted Programs
Bringing construction to the classroom:
Encouraging thousands of young people to explore a career in construction by partnering with local schools and universities. NHEO community members and partners have offered insights into the sector via online events.
Mentor-Protege New Technologies and Safety Program for Small Contractors:
We successfully implemented a 12-week mentor protege program for assisting certified, minority and/or women-owned construction firms to grow and develop their businesses in the areas of technology, marketing, safety, human resources, sales, financial analysis.
45% of program participants were minorities, and 17% were female.
Online Sustainability Courses:
In cooperation with leading industry partners, we developed and conducted sustainability introductory courses to better prepare small contractors and their employees for the future in english and spanish languages.
Women in Construction – Building Inclusion:
We prepare the industry to create an inclusive workplace culture that uncovers the hidden potential of diversity via a series of presentations and workshops.
Health and Safety Covid-19 Response Campaign:
We added COVID-19 response kit information in English and Spanish to our successful safety campaign to reach over 1 million individuals across 23 countries.
All companies involved in the construction value chain, including suppliers of building materials, chemicals, construction equipment, contractors, engineering, architectural, planning firms, and project owners and developers, are targeted by our programs and initiatives.
Governments are another target audience because they regulate the sector and serve as the primary procurer of most infrastructure projects.
We also collaborate with high school and university students, as well as members of academia and civic society, because of the construction industry’s socioeconomic relevance.