Bechtel's Anti-Corruption Compliance Guidelines apply globally to all Bechtel employees, and to members of the board of directors, agents, consultants, contract labor, and others when they are representing or acting for, or on behalf of, Bechtel.
Many laws, regulations, and conventions prohibiting bribery apply to Bechtel, its directors, and employees, and its partners, agents, subcontractors, and suppliers. This guide has been written to help you avoid problems with corruption. It provides general rules for complying with anti-corruption laws. It also gives practical examples of situations where corruption and bribery might take place and alerts you to instances where extra caution should be used. Finally, because this guide is not a substitute for expert advice, it identifies additional resources and expertise available to you. You never have to guess. The anti-corruption rules are complex, and the pressure to ignore them can be great. But Bechtel’s values require strict adherence to these laws and, because the consequences for violations are so severe, enforcement is rigorous. Bechtel counts on every one of us to conduct our business the right way to ensure our continued success.
Bechtel makes charitable contributions and sponsorships through the Bechtel Group Foundations as well as directly in the communities where we have offices and projects. All donations are aligned with our Vision, Values and Covenants, the Code of Conduct, and the Anti-Corruption Compliance Guidelines. We strictly prohibit all charitable contributions for corrupt purposes or as a conduit for a corrupt payment.
Bechtel policy prescribes that a charitable contribution has to be made for exclusively public purposes, and that it may not attempt to influence legislation, and does not participate in, or intervene in any political campaign of a candidate for public office.
Guidance on making charitable contributions is included in the Anti-Corruption Compliance Guidelines (p.17) and recommends that anyone considering charitable contributions seek guidance from the Legal Department, their organization’s Ethics and Compliance Officer, and/or Compliance Counsel.
Due diligence activity in the form of negative media searches, restricted parties list screening and conflicts of interest occurs before any charitable contribution is made.
Bechtel also circulated specific guidance in connection with making COVID-19 related contributions through the Bechtel Global Foundation as well as some of its independent business groups.