Sophia Olo-Whaanga, Social Responsibility Manager, Dempsey Wood Civil Ltd – 2021 Awards finalist

Sophia Olo

Sophia designs systems to eliminate waste.  She partners with local organisations and trains operational staff. She drove development of the company’s sustainability app. This automates data capture and monitors carbon, waste, water, materials and energy.

Sophia cultivates meaningful and consistent engagement with the community, iwi and hapū. She established Ngātahi, the company’s support network. This builds cultural foundations for workforce wellbeing. She launched our Māori Leadership programme (Whakapuāwai) funded by Te Puni Kokiri. Senior staff at the firm have gained cultural confidence through the Tikanga and Te Reo courses she implemented.

She helped develop and launch a Tiriti Policy and Māori engagement Strategic Plan. This aims to ensure equitable outcomes for Māori staff, iwi and hapū partners.  

Sophia takes her passion back to her marae. She builds the capabilities of rangatahi (youth) through employment leads and environmental programmes.