NBBN Partner Profile
in 1955, Hatch is an employee-owned company of approximately 9000
employees in 65 offices worldwide, with over 50 years involvement in
the Mining and Metals, Energy and Infrastructure sectors. Hatch Africa
specialises in offering comprehensive engineering, project management,
design, planning, management and environmental consulting and
operational support services to public and private clients.
combination of strong local presence together with worldwide support
allows us to focus the power of our global talent base on the specific
needs of each project. Their clients’ challenges are transforming the
way Hatch conducts its business. Hatch understands that its clients’
needs are changing rapidly and that they need a partner who is
proactive in identifying the critical and long-term issues affecting their
business as well as the environment.
March 2016 Hatch unveiled its new visual identity, which is being
supported by a revised company structure. Building on the theme of
positive change, Hatch aims to continue to make a positive change to
their client’s challenges and also the impact Hatch can have on the
communities and environments they operate in.
Focus on Environmental Issues
has offered a broad range of environmental services to clients for many
years. The Environmental Services Group (ESG) within Hatch provides a
focused delivery platform for a range of environmental, social and
sustainability solutions to their clients.
applies focused environmental services at each phase of a project,
ensuring that opportunities to incorporate social and environmental
aspects into the engineering design are recognized and considered at
the most opportune moment, thus improving the overall sustainability of
projects as well as having the least amount of impact on the project site
and on the country’s biodiversity.
Environmental Services Group also offers the most comprehensive
environmental and community interface solution by integrating the
social, community and environmental aspects within a project with the
engineering and overall project management functions. ESG is dedicated
to providing solutions to impacts created through engineering design to
preserve the ecosystem services and biodiversity associated with
big and small projects managed by the engineers, ESG makes sure that
all the project activities conducted are licensed properly and the
environment and biodiversity within the site location are considered
and protected before the project commences, during construction and as
part of the project operation. Hatch has been a part of many projects
that either prevented the destruction of biodiversity or increased the
biodiversity footprint within the project site. The following are some
of the Hatch projects where their involvement has had a positive impact
Kumba Iron Ore, required the
relocation of the town of Dingleton to obtain access to additional mine
resources. Hatch was responsible for environmental compliance for the
duration of the project. Part of this project was to move and replace
the indigenous vegetation which the contractors were not able to work
around. As a result of this over 475 trees were replanted in and
around Dingleton. Trees that could not be replanted or saved were
replaced with indigenous trees around the Dingleton site.
Coal was considering expanding their coal mining operations at the
Savmore Colliery to include the Kusipongo coal resource, situated to
the west of the existing operations. Hatch undertook the concept,
pre-feasibility and feasibilities studies, and managed the
Environmental Assessment Practitioner (EAP) undertaking the
Environmental Authorisation process.
project location, unfortunately, was very close to significant and
ecologically valuable wetlands. These wetlands support numerous faunal
and floral species of conservation importance. Hatch’s environmental
consulting team played an important role in the protection and
ultimately the conservation of these wetlands. The team was able to
advise the engineers in repositioning the mine infrastructure in such a
way that the wetlands could be avoided and left
Living Their Environmental
the main reasons for the relocation of Hatch’s Gauteng offices was due
to the huge amount of resources which Hatch used on a monthly basis.
The new building which Hatch has now moved into comprises many
different sustainable and environmentally friendly elements. Some of
these elements include:
Energy-saving initiative such as motion-sensor
Air conditioning systems that uses chilled water systems
to cool the building;
Sun screening on the east and west facades to control
the intake of sunlight and also helps to control the building’s
Rain water harvesting system located within the premises
that is used to water the gardens;
Dedicated recycling area in the building used to recycle
office waste but also employees used it to dispose of their own
recyclable waste from home;
In 2015 Hatch recycled 20 547 Kilograms of waste and
hope to set specific waste reduction targets in the next financial
All water feature and air conditioners are set to turn off
at specific times so there is no wastage of energy beyond working
Hatch has a retention pond on site that not only reduces
run-off and erosion but also acts as a man-made wetland for the office
Hatch only uses biodegradable cleaning material;
The catering service only uses recyclable materials in
the canteen; and
The site itself was an old dumping site that was
rehabilitated and then converted into an office building with more than
200 new indigenous trees with extensive indigenous landscaping.
is also planning a few other initiatives to minimise its environmental
footprint and increase the biodiversity in and around the building.
These include owl boxes and bee hives among others.
Committed to Sustainability
recognises that sustainability requires the optimization of
environmental, social and economic outcomes. Sustainability is at the
core of how Hatch delivers value to their clients as a socially
responsible company. This overarching policy provides the framework for
setting and reviewing Hatch’s environmental, social and economic
objectives and targets.
We seek innovative solutions that contribute to
We commit to continual improvement and promote
activities towards prevention of pollution.
We comply with applicable legal requirements and with
other requirements to which Hatch subscribes.
We work in teams and in partnerships and engage with all stakeholders affected
by our projects.
is committed to responsible environmental management and due to the
hard work of the entire ESG team worldwide Hatch continues to maintain
its ISO 140001 certification. ISO 14001 certification is an example of
Hatch’s continued commitment to do the right thing for the environment,
while looking for ways to remain competitive everywhere Hatch conducts
Environmental Awareness Campaign
last year Hatch has been striving to increase the environmental
awareness within the company. The environmental group started a
campaign where emails were sent out for various national and
international environmental days to increase awareness around the
office. Within these emails the specific day was explained and
employees encouraged to support the specific initiative on that day.
Partnering for Biodiversity
has always shown a strong commitment to sustainability and responsible
environmental awareness. Over and above any legislative guidelines with
which the company must comply, Hatch has shown an active interest in
understanding its own impacts as well as those of its clients on the
natural environment. Actively seeking to remain competitive and go
beyond compliance, Hatch is one of the founding partners of the NBBN
and has been an active partner in the network since its inception. Not
only has the company provided platforms and opportunities to expand the
knowledgebase around business and biodiversity, it has taken on board
many of the learnings and recommendations developed by the network. The
NBBN would like to acknowledge Hatch’s significant contribution to the
ongoing success of the network and its support of new, and existing,
partners of the NBBN going forward.