Committed to delivering sustainable solutions
We regard sustainability as our responsibility to enhance the positive effects of our projects and to avoid or mitigate the negative ones. We believe that we are not just delivering a physical asset to our customers and communities, but also an enabling environment that will benefit them in the long term.
Sustainability is a core Bechtel value, and we are committed to delivering sustainable outcomes on every project, everywhere we operate. This enduring value has enabled us to contribute to a century of global development—and it will carry us into the next 100 years.
Sustainability at Bechtel
Areas of focus
Protecting people and the environment. We use our proven processes, innovation, and expertise in engineering, procurement, and construction to develop, design, and execute projects with the greatest care for the natural environment as well as for the people who can be affected by our projects.
Promoting economic development. In addition to our substantial spending through local purchasing and hiring, we build and enhance the capacity of local workers and companies, stimulating long-term economic development beyond the projects we deliver.
Partnering with communities and society. Bechtel is committed to supporting the communities that host our projects and offices, and to using inclusive, participatory approaches by which we respect local cultures and values, promote dialogue, and build mutual trust.
Sustainability across the project life cycle
We consider our three areas of focus across the project life cycle—from the time we evaluate an opportunity to the point we turn over a project to our customer.
Based on our experience operating in 160 countries in highly diverse markets, we have developed a comprehensive set of core processes that helps identify, assess, and manage potential impacts associated with our projects.
Our environmental, safety, and health processes serve as the nexus for our global business units and relevant functions to determine potential environmental, safety, and community impacts material to Bechtel projects.
Other processes, such as security and procurement, help us manage additional potential risks to our communities related to the provision of security and engagement of subcontractors.
These core processes are governed by our management system. That system is grounded in personal accountability and continuous improvement, particularly in advancing awareness of potential project opportunities and risks, developing enterprise capabilities, and promoting greater consistency in how we manage sustainability.
Generating sustainable alternatives
We leverage our experience and expertise in engineering and design to generate sustainable alternatives in the construction of our projects—including reducing material requirements, waste to landfill, and water and energy use—and to help our customers achieve “green” building certifications, such as Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED). To help our customers and communities manage the effects of extreme weather and other atmospheric changes, we also improve the resilience of the physical structures we create for societies that will depend on them for years to come.