We enjoy collaborating with

specialists with complementary skills and expertise


Sharing knowledge and best practice has never been more important, as our increasingly connected world continues to change. We nurture strong and honest relationships with our clients and colleagues, sharing and exchanging experience and understanding.

We enjoy collaborating with specialists with complementary skills, expertise and values. We regularly work with economists, demographers, urban designers, GIS specialists, environmentalists and infrastructure specialists.

This programme recognizes the tremendous potential that cities have to create sustainable societies that integrate and advance economic, ecological, political and cultural issues.

OpenPlan is an Innovating Partner of the United Nations Global Compact: Cities Programme. Executive Director, Steve Kemp, is also a Global Advisor to the Programme.

In support of the United Nations Global Compact, we subscribe to, and endorse, the following principles:


Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and


Make sure they are not complicit in human rights abuses.


Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;


The elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;


The effective abolition of child labour; and


Support for the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.


Businesses should support for a precautionary approach to environmental challenges:


Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and


Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.


Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

Make sure they are not complicit in human rights abuses.

Innovating Partnership

In July 2012 we were delighted to accept The Cities Programme’s invitation to become an Innovating Partner. In this capacity, we will undertake projects in collaboration with the Programme to research and develop methodologies relating the issues described above, with the intention of making a meaningful contribution to the pursuit of global sustainability.

We will keep our website updated with our progress in this partnership.

Global Advisors

In 2013, Executive Director of Open Plan, Steve Kemp, was invited to become a Global Advisor to The Cities Programme. In this capacity, Steve is part of a team of leading international practitioners and academics with expertise in a broad range of urban and sustainability-related fields.

Global Advisors support UNGCCP management and contribute to the refinement of UNGCCP tools and methodologies. They are also available to advise UN Global Compact participating cities within their area of expertise.