Bechtel Sustainability Report 2017

Performance

Rick Tesman

At Bechtel we understand that sustainability is a must in facilities management; an important reason why we’ve been carefully monitoring and implementing programs at our offices since 2011. We know the tremendous benefits it brings to the enterprise in terms of cost savings. We are excited too about the new 2030 goals and targets, and we believe that they set us on a path to continue reducing our environmental footprints among non-project offices. We know the challenge but we also understand the benefits. So beginning in 2017, we hope to launch a new corporate facility best-practice guide to help our facility managers achieve goals and targets.

Rick Tesman
Business and Corporate Facilities Manager

Protect People and the Environment

Reduce Carbon Emission and Intensity

Since 2011 we have reduced our carbon emissions by 25 percent and revenue intensity (greenhouse gas emissions per billion dollars in revenue) by 27 percent.

In 2016, Bechtel continued to carefully monitor and implement sustainability programs among our offices. Since 2011, we have reduced our carbon emissions by 25 percent and revenue intensity (greenhouse gas emissions per billion dollars in revenue) by 27 percent. The 15 non-project reporting offices focused on scope 1 (direct emission from boilers and furnaces) and scope 2 (indirect emission from electricity), and were selected based on average office population throughout the year. Due to the nature of our business, we stay flexible on the number of offices that are included each year. Some of our offices are new, merged with others, or closed. We base our carbon footprint accounting on the Greenhouse Gas Protocol: A Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard.

Carbon Footprint

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Carbon Footprint
  • Sum of Total Scope 1 Emissions (tCO2eq)
  • Sum of Total Scope 2 Emissions (tCO2eq)
  • Sum of Revenue Intensity (tCO2eq/Billion USD)

Reduce Water Use

Our total consumption for the year was 56 million gallons—up by 29.7 percent since 2013.

Since 2013, we have been collecting water consumption data from offices that can track it. In 2016 the number of reporting offices increased from 9 to 12. Due to the three new additions, our total consumption for the year was 56 million gallons, compared to 39 million gallons of water in 2013—up 29.7 percent since 2013. The three new offices for the 2016 reporting year include a new office with a sizable population and two existing offices that could capture data.

Total Water Use at Key Permanent Offices

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Total Water Use at Key Permanent Offices

Keep People Safe

Total Recordable Incident Rate

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Lost-Time Incident Rate

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Our total recordable incident rate increased by 9 percent, compared with 2015, and lost-time incident rate declined by 7 percent, compared with 2015.

We remain steadfast in our commitment to reach zero incidents. In 2016, we made significant strides in reducing incidents related to our five focus areas: mobile equipment personnel interface, lockout and tagout, crane safety, fall protection, and hand protection. We continue to improve the integration of environmental sustainability, health, and industrial hygiene. Bechtel’s employee safety and health program is ranked among the best of the best per the Construction Industry Institute, and our recordable incident rate is 86 percent better than the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ average for our peer companies.

Promote Economic Development

Generate Economic Opportunities

In 2016, we spent more than $12 billion on goods and services globally, including local, small, and disadvantaged businesses.

Cancellation and deferment of capital projects—in part due to significant price drops in commodities such as oil, copper, nickel, iron ore, coal, etc.—resulted in the decline of orders to our suppliers for material and equipment.

Procurement and Contract Awards 2011–2016 (Annual Spend Billions USD)

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Procurement and Contract Awards

Partner with Communities and Society

Contribute to Social Progress

Over 100,000 people impacted through our social investment programs with DiscoverE, Engineers Without Borders, FIRST®, and Junior Achievement Worldwide.

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DiscoverE

Engaged 55 countries in the Global Marathon, an awareness and engagement initiative to inspire the next generation of women engineers.

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Engineers Without Borders

Implemented projects and built capacity in 10 communities worldwide supporting better access to clean water, health, and other human needs.

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FIRST®

Implemented programs in 10 countries supporting more than 70 teams to be science and technology leaders.

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Junior Achievement Worldwide

Conducted 603 classes in 251 schools in 13 countries covering financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship.

Promote Responsible Business

Bechtel actively participates in several key organizations to share its knowledge, experience, and points of views to help promote responsible business practices.

  • Recognized by Transparency International USA with Integrity and Corporate Leadership Award
  • Founding member of the Building Responsibly Initiative on worker welfare and worker rights
  • Vice chair of the U.S. Council for International Business Corporate Responsibility Committee—business, labor, and human rights; delivered presentation on preventing modern day slavery in construction projects (Washington, DC)
  • Vice chair of the Human Rights Task Force of IPIECA (global oil and gas association)
  • Steering committee member of the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights
  • Observer of the International Code of Conduct Association for private security providers on human rights
  • Member of Conservation International’s Business & Sustainability Council
  • Vice chair of the U.S. Council for International Business Environment Committee—United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Task Force
  • Member of the Strategic Review Advisory Panel of the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative
  • Member of the board of directors of Transparency International USA and Transparency International UK
  • Sponsoring partner of the Ethics and Compliance Officers Association
  • Contributing corporate fellow of the Ethics Resource Center Ethics Fellows Program

Ethics

Bechtel was honored to receive the Corporate Leadership Award from Transparency International USA in recognition of our commitment to ethical business conduct, highly transparent compliance and ethics program to combat corruption, and corporate citizenship.

Our compliance training program provided all Bechtel colleagues with anti-corruption and bribery training, and other education in the substantive legal risks they are likely to encounter in their jobs. Our colleagues also participated in live, scenario-based workshops designed to build awareness of risks, understanding of Ethics and Compliance Program resources, and techniques to prevent ethics or compliance incidents. Our global Ethics HelpLine provided an independent, confidential channel for colleagues and others to raise questions or concerns, via telephone or the internet, with access to native speakers and translators of more than 200 languages.

Human Rights

In 2016, we completed more than 10,000 supplier visits. A number of those visits included spot-checking facilities for child labor, forced labor and human trafficking.

We continue to look for opportunities to comprehensively integrate human rights into key aspects of our business. This year, we also completed updates to our corporate policies and management instructions, due diligence process, contractual requirements, and training for project managers and security managers. Additional corporate guidance covering community engagement, supplier relationships, indigenous peoples, security providers, worker welfare, and community relocation were prepared.

Build a Better Bechtel

Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

There are many ways we are advancing our commitment to build a diverse, inclusive, and collaborative work environment, including leveraging the diversity of thought, input, and experience of global Bechtel colleagues for better decision-making. For example, this year our [email protected] group, with over 1,300 members representing nearly 20 global offices and major projects, organized an internal conference entitled, Driving Success Through Inclusion. The conference involved our senior leadership, as well as women executives from other leading corporations. It served to bring inclusion and women's development to the forefront of discussions at the company. There was a significant increase in participation as colleagues from different offices around the globe participated via a newly added virtual component. Bechtel also launched the Forum for Service Veterans, Reservists, and the Military, which recognizes the great source of talent of military veterans for private sector employers. The Forum will be a convening point in Bechtel for recruitment and professional development of military veterans. To drive greater collaboration, inclusivity, and competitiveness, we updated and deployed our unconscious bias training to targeted employee populations in Bechtel.

We also continue to support and engage several key organizations to enhance our talent recruitment and retention efforts. These include:

  • Latinos in Science and Engineering (MAES)
  • National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME)
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NAYGN)
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  • Women In Nuclear (WIN)

Advance Enterprise Sustainability Capability

We continue to build our organizational capabilities to deliver better value to our customers, partners, communities, and society.

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Over 200 project managers and business development leaders trained

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Over 200 experts covering 61 different areas of sustainability expertise and over 80 certifications

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Over 260 sustainability materials to expand knowledge and awareness

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Over 50 new and updated policies, procedures, guides, contracts, and training

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Over 12 new products connecting sustainability and market trends and analyses