Our more than 55,000 colleagues worldwide are the heart of our business. Their talent and commitment have a significant impact on the industry, on our customers’ projects, and on the communities where we live and work.
In 2015, our colleagues donated 18,000 volunteer hours and supported 100,000 children, adolescents, and adults around the world through our Signature Stewardship Program partners: DiscoverE, Engineers Without Borders (EWB), FIRST®, and Junior Achievement. They sponsored and mentored 50 FIRST® Robotics teams—including ones in the national championships in London, Chile, and the United States. They took part in numerous EWB projects around the world, including in the United States, Uganda, and India, bringing our total to 58 during the past three years. In addition, our colleagues have spent thousands of hours volunteering for local charities at project sites and Bechtel offices worldwide.
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“Sustainability means leaving the community a better place once our project is over. We are making a difference, especially when it comes to the promotion of STEM education. It is my hope that middle and high school students are inspired to become future engineers and scientists due to the volunteer efforts of our wonderful employees.” —Sandy R.
Ethical behavior is at the core of the company’s Vision, Values & Covenants. That’s why ethics and compliance are essential components of our ongoing training programs. In 2015, we achieved the highest grade in Transparency International UK’s (TI-UK) Defence Companies Anti-Corruption Index. TI-UK described ethics and compliance programs as “a company’s approach to promoting its ethical culture and reducing corruption risk.” In Reston, Virginia, Bechtel colleagues from our operational headquarters supported the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce’s annual Ethics Day program. Our volunteers provided high school students with ethics training and guided ethical dilemma discussions, serving as “table top” advisers, and helping students select responsible choices.
“We are very proud to count on Bechtel as a strategic partner in our FIRST® LEGO® League program. By collaborating, we are able to extend the program to more underserved schools and regions in Chile, and help children discover and develop their talents.”Kirstin Engemann CEO Fundación SparkTalents
Training and Development
Bechtel provides learning and development programs through Bechtel University (BU), which offers more than 1,000 instructor-led and online courses for our colleagues at all stages of their careers. Course offerings include engineering, procurement, construction, ethics, diversity, project management, leadership, safety, quality, business services, and language and cultural awareness. BU supports the company’s vision to achieve optimal results for customers while building satisfying careers for Bechtel colleagues.
One award-winning course, High Performance Crews, is a field-training program for construction supervisors that builds skills in leadership, safety, quality, and productivity. The interactive course transforms traditional classroom training into a hands-on job site curriculum, and more than 300 colleagues have graduated from the program since its launch last year.
One of the company’s most active employee groups is Women@Bechtel. This global collaborative forum provides an opportunity for Bechtel women to share knowledge, perspectives, and experiences, as well as to learn tools for success. Women@Bechtel is just one of many initiatives that the company is promoting to make Bechtel an employer of choice for women.
In November, we won the UK’s prestigious Women in Science and Engineering Employer award. The company employs more than twice the UK’s average for the number of women engineers, and almost 40 percent of Bechtel’s engineers on the Crossrail project in London are women.
Two of our engineers were recognized for Achievement in Construction and Health & Safety from the Australian National Association of Women in Construction. In addition, our principal counsel, corporate secretary, and manager of the corporate legal team were recognized with a 2015 Women of Achievement award by Legal Momentum, the Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund (USA).