The Bechtel Report 2016

2015 At a Glance

Enhancing Worker Skills:

Bechtel is working with customers to improve worker performance and balance the crew mix to accomplish specific tasks.

Protect People and the Environment

Protect People and the Environment

Reduce carbon emissions and intensity


reduction in carbon emissions in four years


reduction in revenue intensity in four years

Keep people safe


increase in total work hours while reducing the number of recordable incidents in two years

Reduce water use


reduction in water consumption in two years

Our total recordable incident rate per 200,000 hours worked decreased 10 percent; however, we experienced a decline in our lost-time incident rate. Despite the mixed performance, we remain steadfast in reaching our goal of zero incidents. In 2015, significant strides were made in decreasing the number of hand injuries and incidents related to mobile equipment personnel iznterface. In comparison to the industry, Bechtel’s ES&H program is ranked one of the best, according to the Construction Industry Institute, and our recordable incident rate is 90 percent better than the Bureau of Labor Statistics average for similar companies.

Promote Economic Development

Promote Economic Development

Generate economic opportunities


spent on goods and services, including local, small, and disadvantaged businesses

Working with our customers on several of our U.S. Gulf Coast projects, Bechtel implemented the Capability Assessment Program (CAP) initiative to verify the skills competencies of craft workforce. This measure was triggered by documented inconsistencies in the skills and competencies required to perform specific tasks. Under CAP, all incoming workers were given a hands-on performance assessment under the auspices of a Bechtel subject-matter expert to verify their skill level and subsequent placement into the project. The assessment results provided information for the project supervisors to identify a path to improve worker performance, as well as an ability to balance crew mix in the performance of specific tasks.

Partner with Communities and Society

Partner with Communities and Society

Contribute to social progress through voluntary initiatives


people impacted through our social investment programs with Engineers Without Borders, Junior Achievement, FIRST®, and DiscoverE

Promote responsible business

  • Steering committee member of the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights
    • Delivered two presentations on migrant worker protection and Curtis Island LNG community engagement, in Houston, Texas, and Perth, Australia, respectively
    • Delivered two presentations on managing human rights in the supply chain, in Reston, Virginia, and Geneva, Switzerland
  • Received an “A” in the Transparency International-UK’s Defense Companies Anti-Corruption Index 2015
  • Member of Conservation International’s Business & Sustainability Council
  • Member of the Strategic Review Advisory Panel of the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative
  • Observer of the International Code of Conduct Association for private security providers on human rights
  • Co-coordinator of IPIECA (global oil and gas association) human rights project on operators and contractors
  • Member of the board of directors of Transparency International USA and Transparency International UK
  • Vice chair of the U.S. Council for International Business Corporate Responsibility Committee—business, labor, and human rights

Build a Better Bechtel

Promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace

In 2015, two of our Employee Resource Groups—[email protected] and NextGen—reported successes in increased staff well-being and development. Local chapters teamed up to support STEM initiatives for elementary and middle-school children.

[email protected]
  • Achieved all-time high in membership and added five new chapters to the 15 already established
  • Provided leadership opportunities to more than 125 employees to complement roles in their functions and projects
  • Conducted speed mentoring for more than 230 members
  • More than 1,000 members in more than 25 chapters worldwide
  • Developed and deployed an innovative group mentoring program at projects in Australia, the U.S., and other locations around the world
  • Spearheaded numerous stewardship events for CARE®, Special Olympics, and Habitat for Humanity®
Diversity Advisory Council (Houston, Texas)
  • Organized and led six cultural events and programs including Lunar New Year, Celebration of Spring Renewal Heritage Around the World, and Diwali–Festival of Lights
  • Hosted seven lunch-and-learn discussions on diversity, culture, and inclusion
  • Represented Bechtel at the 2015 Houston Diversity Summit, the National Society of Black Engineers Houston Chapter Kickoff (Bechtel was named 2015 Corporate Partner of the Year), and Baker Institute’s “Women in S.T.E.M in the Middle East & North Africa Event” at Rice University
  • Hosted scholars from University of Houston’s 2015 Shell-sponsored Houston Energy Summer Camp for gifted STEM high school students, and Rice University’s Graduate School of Business 2015 Houston Energy Industry Trek

Advance enterprise sustainability capability

71.2% plan completed

based on nine focus areas and 56 deliverables

Significant progress in key focus areas:
  • 100% Strategy deployment
  • 90.7% Policy and management instruction
  • 90.1% Process and procedures
  • 100% Learning and development
  • 86.5% Execution guidance tools
  • 52.9% Business development tools
  • 95% Global issues management
  • 93.3% External engagement
  • 87.5% Enterprise metrics and reporting
Advancing alignment:
  • 11-member enterprise advisory group established to implement sustainability strategy
  • Three new working groups established: procurement and contracts; business development; and oil, gas, and chemicals
  • Developed internal community practice of nearly 200 members covering 61 sustainability classifications
Deepening integration:
  • 190 project managers trained in project sustainability
  • 73 business development professionals trained
  • 40+ integrations of sustainability tools into enterprise processes and procedures
  • 88 colleagues qualified in eco-certification systems (LEED, CEEQUAL, BREEAM, Envision, and Estidama)