We have designed a visual tool to better understand and mitigate the impacts of engineering projects, and align the business model with objectives of greater inclusivity and global responsibility in industry. Inspired by the Business Model Canvas, we hope that the tool will help engineers across all sectors ensure that that engineering products and services are not only economically viable, but also accessible and inclusive of all users and with awareness of environmental and social impacts on all stakeholders, such that mitigations can be put in place. The tool and its alignment with principles and industry sustainability ambitions are intended to be simple, effective, easy to mobilise, cost-effective, accessible and scalable (i.e. ranging from startups and small projects to power plants and other large-scale engineering projects). This will enable the reshaping of existing practices and will enable even further long-lasting entrepreneurship. We believe that Engineers Without Borders is well placed to develop and deploy tools such as this, given the far reach and strong reputation of the organisation.
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