ESG in Your PMO: Understanding the Social Impacts of Your Projects

Building ESG into your projects

ESG in Your PMO: Understanding the Social Impacts of Your Projects

The work of your project management office (PMO) stretches much further than project teams and the clients who commission a project. Projects reach wide and deep into the world, so it’s important to understand the social impact of your projects.

  • What impacts a project can have on society
  • Assessing the impact of projects on society
  • How your PMO can improve a project’s social impact
  • The changes that need to be made in your PMO processes

What social impacts do my projects have?

When we talk about the social impact of a project, we’re talking about:

  • How the project affects the people within the project
  • The end users of the project deliverables
  • The wider community where the business operates
  • Assessing the impact of the local community when planning and delivering a construction project, such as not making excessive noise, not blocking access, and making sure there are community facilities included in the project.
  • Upskilling your software developers during the lifetime of a project to ensure they are happy and motivated to keep working for the company and able to get a pay rise.
  • Ensuring that the outsourced labour in every project is paid equitably and that outsourced products are supplied ethically.

How do I assess the social impacts of my projects?

It can be challenging to figure out the social impact of your projects. You need to make sure that projects set the parameters of their social impacts — every project will be different.

  • Identify the people who will be affected by the project and how
  • Understand the wider communities that will be impacted
  • Identify the key social impacts for the people affected
  • Monitor them through surveys, interviews, and social listening of the mainstream and social media

How can my PMO have a direct effect on social issues?

You can start from the top down in making social issues a major factor in project delivery and completion.

What do I need to change in my PMO to focus on social impacts?

The planning documentation you provide to projects needs to be updated to include a social impact assessment. Your scheduling framework also needs to have regular social impact assessments built-in.

Social considerations and project management

When you work with a lot of data in a PMO, it can sometimes be easy to forget that a project affects people. Understanding the social impacts of your PMO’s projects will keep people at the centre of what you’re working towards.

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