In 2014, Bechtel reduced our number of incidents while increasing our total work hours by 12.9 percent, compared to 2013. Our total recordable incident rate (TRIR) per 200,000 hours worked decreased 4 percent, and we had a 31 percent reduction in our lost-time incident rate (LTIR), continuing our four-year trend of improving safety throughout all of our projects and operations.
A recordable incident becomes a lost-time incident when the illness or injury renders the employee unable to work for a period of time. Industry averages are based on the 2013 data published by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for Construction North American Industry Classification System code 23.
Bechtel’s global incident rate in 2014 was a tenth of the projected U.S. construction industry average, and our global lost-workday incident rate in 2014 was 44 times lower than the projected U.S. construction industry average.
- Eleven of our projects recorded
- or more safe work hours, and 85 percent of our locations completed the year without a single lost-time incident.
Bechtel’s diversity performance on gender is consistent with our industry peers. We implement a diversity and inclusion framework that:
- Promotes a diverse global workforce
- Fosters an inclusive environment to maximize employee potential
- Institutionalizes a culture of inclusion
Some of our notable accomplishments in 2014 include the growth in chapter locations of our employee resource group, Women@Bechtel. With new chapters in India, the Middle East, and the United States, Women@Bechtel focuses on supporting our colleagues’ development, the company’s business, and the communities in which we live and work.
Our global procurement and contracts and social investments create meaningful opportunities for subcontractors, small businesses, local suppliers, and communities where we work. In 2014, we spent more than $17 billion in goods and services from suppliers, including small and local businesses, around the world. We also contributed $5.7 million in social investments.
We continue to collect information on greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption at our major permanent offices.
We base our carbon footprint accounting on The Greenhouse Gas Protocol: A Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard. Due to the nature of our business, we stay flexible on the number of offices that are included each year in the report. This year we selected 17 offices to report on scope 1 (direct emissions from boilers and furnaces) and scope 2 (indirect emissions from electricity consumption). The offices are selected based on average office population throughout the year.
Our information is reported in tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (tCO2eq), a measurement that equates and combines all greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane. To calculate emissions, we used country-specific emission factors from the World Resources Institute’s “Emission Factors from Cross-Sector Tools” (April 2014), in addition to factors published by local governments.
Since 2011, as a result of careful monitoring, consolidation of offices, and reduced energy consumption by employees, we reduced our carbon emissions by 9 percent and reduced our revenue intensity (greenhouse gas emissions per billion dollars in revenue) by 20 percent.
The Arizona Clean Air Campaign presented our Glendale office with the Outstanding Transportation Coordinator award. The office continues to be recognized for its sustainable commuting program that reduced air pollution and traffic congestion through alternative modes of transportation.