Committed to the highest ethical standards

Bechtel will conduct all business transactions in a proper, fair, impartial, and ethical manner, avoiding even the appearance of impropriety. We seek customers and partners who share our values and standards of conduct.

Brendan Bechtel, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

At the beginning of every customer relationship, we sit down together and define what good looks like in terms of being a good partner. As part of that, I give every customer a copy of our Vision, Values & Covenants and say, ‘this is our ultimate measure of success. If we’re not living up to this, pick up the phone and call me, and we will fix it.


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Ongoing Training

We designed our Ethics & Compliance program to promote an organizational culture that encourages ethical conduct, a commitment to the Bechtel's values, and compliance with the law.

Our colleagues receive basic ethics training, compliance training for the legal risk areas they are likely to encounter in their jobs, and scenario-based training led by their managers. We require colleagues to participate in ethics awareness workshops annually and to complete compliance training as assigned.

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We encourage and expect Bechtel employees to speak up if they become aware of any unlawful or unethical conduct.

The Bechtel Ethics HelpLine is a confidential means of communication separate from line management available to employees to discuss any ethics or compliance question or concern. The HelpLine is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by an independent service provider. We make available native speakers or translators of more than 200 languages.

Our colleagues can raise issues online and outside the Bechtel network via a web portal at Colleagues can access this portal using any Internet connection, and Bechtel log-in information is not required.

The site includes frequently asked questions about the HelpLine process and a copy of the Bechtel Code of Conduct.

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Industry Leadership

Bechtel also promotes global standards of ethical business conduct through our involvement with leading organizations.

We are proud to be:


  • Bechtel received an A rating in the 2015 Transparency International-UK Defence Companies Anti-Corruption Index.
  • Bechtel was the recipient of the Transparency International USA Corporate Leadership Award in 2016.

A Corporate Member in 

  • The Compliance & Ethics Leadership Council
  • The Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI)

Actively Involved in

  • The Coalition for Integrity

In addition, Bechtel’s General Counsel Serves on the Coalition for Integrity's Board of Trustees and the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer serves on the ECI Board of Directors. Ethics & compliance officers actively participate in the following groups via their individual memberships:

  • The Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics
  • The Bay Area Ethics & Compliance Association 
  • The Capitol Area Business Ethics Network
  • The Houston Corporate Compliance Exchange
  • The Houston Compliance Roundtable
  • A contributing corporate fellow of the Ethics and Compliance Initiative