Preserving the environment was an important parameter in the planning and construction of Road 6, and the operating company adopted strict, advanced standards that took account of environmental aspects such as landscaping, the local communities, wildlife, pollution etc.
Considerable efforts were and are being made by the company to ensure that this project complies with the commitment of the Shikun & Binui Group to sustainable design and development.
These efforts include:
From the very first stages, complex environmental impact studies were performed, and experts in ecology and landscaping have been involved in all stages of design and operation.
The company has been meticulous about maintaining a direct, active and positive dialogue with environmental organizations that opposed the project from the beginning.
Some changes were made to the route as a direct result of environmental considerations, and all the roads, interchanges and buildings were planned according to strict environmental guidelines.
There are underpasses for wildlife so that the local animals can safely move from one side of the highway to the other.
A number of bicycle lanes, amounting to 250 kilometers, have been planned alongside Road 6. Some of these sections are already in use along the northern and southern parts of the highway.
The company makes efforts to employ people from minority groups and from communities living near Road 6.
The company is involved in a number of successful social projects in several Arab communities near the highway :
An environmental education project, in conjunction with the Ministry of Education and the Arab school in Taibe, concerning sustainable transportation. The purpose is to increase pupils’ awareness of wildlife, ecology, water, technology and transportation.
Seasonal activities with Jewish and Arab pupils, involving the crops and vegetation located in the areas around the highway, such as harvesting olives, planting on school grounds and open areas, and more.
In June 2009 the company earned the prestigious Gold Rating Certificate of the Ma’ala Organization – Businesses for Social Responsibility, which is a branch of a growing network of corporate civic organizations around the world.