Resiliency is one of society’s top sustainability challenges, and we believe that poor infrastructure resilience, both physical and natural, undermines communities’ capacity to cope, rebuild, and recover from extreme weather and natural disasters.
The 2016 Global Climate Risk Index showed that between 1995 and 2014 more than 525,000 people died as a direct result of approximately 15,000 extreme weather events. The total amount of losses incurred was over $US 2.97 trillion. The World Bank also estimates that by 2030, there could be 325 million people trapped in poverty and vulnerable to extreme weather events in sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia.
To improve vulnerable communities’ resiliency against natural hazards through enhanced planning, design and construction targeting community-level infrastructures, while building local awareness, capacities, and partnerships to promote sustainable outcomes.
Through Bechtel’s 2030 sustainability target to improve the resilience of five million people to natural hazards through our voluntary initiatives, we are committed to working with global partners to build resilient communities, save lives, and help them cope and recover faster, safer, and more sustainably.
- Identify countries most affected by natural hazards and assess potential direct (e.g., fatalities and losses) and indirect vulnerability (e.g., water security).
- Work with communities, NGOs, public agencies, and business to meet the challenge and achieve the goal.
- Measure and communicate impact.
- Build a global community of interest and a body of knowledge to empower stakeholders, share information and know-how, and optimize resources to cope, rebuild and recover