Our focus extends far beyond the project. We are committed to building opportunity everywhere we work, by sharing our time, talents, and resources with local communities and partners to improve quality of life. For us, that means we roll up our sleeves and get the job done.
We partner with five international nonprofit organizations— DiscoverE, Engineers Without Borders, FIRST® Robotics, Junior Achievement®, and Oceanic Exploration Trust—our Signature Programs. In 2014, thousands of colleagues and family members at more than 30 Bechtel locations on six continents actively participated in these programs.
In 2014, we:
- Added new Engineers Without Borders (EWB) programs in Malaysia and Virginia, USA; new FIRST® Robotics partnerships in Florida and Kentucky, USA; and Junior Achievement® (JA) programs in Dubai, UAE; Kentucky, USA; and Peru
- Assisted more than 67,500 people (directly and indirectly) from 19 Bechtel grants to EWB chapters
- Reached nearly 25,000 students through Bechtel funding of FIRST programs in the United States and throughout the world
- Engaged 15,000 young people through JA programs in 13 countries
- Worked with more than 2,500 students through classroom visits and hands-on learning activities with DiscoverE
- Supported the Nautilus expedition of Oceanic Exploration Trust through volunteering, events,and university partnerships
We are proud to be recognized as a top employer for women and minority engineers, earning the Best Diversity Company designation by Engineering and Information Technology magazine for four consecutive years. We also were named a 2014 Military Friendly Employer® by the publishers of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse. In the UK, nearly a quarter of our colleagues are women, including 14 percent of the engineering population—which is more than twice the UK industry average.
In 2014, we strengthened our commitment to deliver sustainable solutions for long-term prosperity. We helped reduce particulate emissions by 85 percent on the Crossrail project. The U.S. Department of Energy recognized several of our projects with 12 sustainability awards. We spent more than $78 million on goods and services from local suppliers in 16 remote Peruvian towns in the Andes. In these ways and more, we continue to seek approaches to improve outcomes for our customers and the societies that benefit from them.