Bechtel has a long-held belief that we are building more than projects, we are progressing society through economic development.
Promoting Economic Development
Whether our projects require three years or 30 years, we are committed to building local capacities for the long term.
Supporting the economic transition in Challhuahuacho, Peru
At an elevation of more than 2,100 feet (about 3,700 meters) in the Peruvian mountains, the rural community of Challhuahuacho continues a traditional way of life, which includes farming— growing maize and potatoes—and raising sheep and cattle. The introduction of the Las Bambas copper project brought about noticeable changes, including a growing population; more local businesses; and new houses, streets, and bridges. It also precipitated a gradual transition to a more formalized economy as local entrepreneurs took advantage of the burgeoning transportation, catering, hospitality, and equipment-rental sectors. Since the project started, Bechtel and its partners have spent an average of $2 million per month, for a total of more than $78 million, on local goods and services in 16 remote Peruvian towns. In addition, indirect employment from these new ventures alone is around 1,500 jobs and growing. It was important for Bechtel, our customer, and our partners to help local communities succeed in the changing economy.
Bechtel and our partners conducted tax management training for more than 300 entrepreneurs to help them understand the potential implications on their businesses. We provided training on how to prepare business plans, register their operations, and develop internal employment procedures.
We also guided local businesses to join forces through business-to-business cooperation to capitalize on economic opportunities. For example, laundry and hotel owners formed associations to negotiate higher quality and safety standards with the project. Bechtel was recognized by 10 vendors for helping them meet the requirements of food hygiene, water and sanitation, fire prevention, and evacuation needed for project work. Many of these standards were developed and delivered through training, site inspections, and improvement plans. The association committed to continue improving these practices after Bechtel leaves the project.
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Creating entrepreneurs in New Mexico
With our partners at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, we launched the Venture Acceleration Fund to help local entrepreneurs create new businesses, grow existing ones, and diversify the local economy. To date, more than $3 million has gone to nearly 50 businesses. The fund garnered the entrepreneurship award from the International Economic Development Council, the world’s largest membership organization promoting economic development.
While our global procurements and contracts provide economic opportunities for local and small businesses and subcontractors, we also encourage green procurement where possible, avoid materials developed by hazardous toxins, require safe working conditions, and promote the respect of human rights.David Hammerle
Corporate Manager of Procurement,
Supporting U.S. veterans
Bechtel is committed to providing vocational education, training, and career opportunities wherever we work.
With Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the Alameda County Workforce Investment Board, and Las Positas College, Bechtel is supporting a two-year academic program to provide technical education and hands-on training for veterans in New Mexico. Along the U.S. Gulf Coast, we have partnered with the Military Relations Strategic Initiative to align military training and experience with the needs of our projects to increase construction-related employment opportunities for veterans. In 2014, Bechtel hired nearly 500 veterans for craft and nonmanual positions, and we exceeded the U.S. Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ veteran-hire requirements, a goal that we have achieved since 2012. Bechtel also earned the 2015 Military Friendly® Employer elite designation by the publishers of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse magazines.
Uniting for responsible procurement at CrossrailBechtel convened eight of the project’s major contractors in a program to ensure that materials used for the construction of London’s biggest and newest rail system are ethically sourced. Contributing to the revision of BES 6001, the United Kingdom’s standard for responsible procurement of construction materials, was one of the program’s notable achievements.
Moving Libreville forwardWhen the National Infrastructure Master Plan (NIMP) was presented to the president of Gabon in November 2011, Libreville’s bus network no longer existed, and two-thirds of the population depended on private taxis. The Bechtel-led l’Agence Nationale des Grands Travaux, a government agency that oversees the delivery of NIMP, developed a new bus network, including routes, terminals, bus stops, and depots. By 2018, 440 buses on 28 lines will cover 134 miles (215 kilometers). To date, an average of 37,000 passengers per day are being served on five bus lines. In 2015, an additional 30 buses will be operational, with progress toward completing a number of solar-powered bus shelters. When the system is fully operational, the network will serve more than 300,000 passengers a day at a frequency of one bus every 8 minutes. These buses should decrease car traffic by 40 percent, significantly reducing traffic and travel time on local roadways.
Watching the Gabon-Bechtel National Infrastructure Master Plan materialize and create real, functioning communities— not just rows of buildings—is a strong testament to designing with sustainability at the forefront. Working with the natural environment to the greatest extent possible, we incorporated the needs and input of the people living there, as well as the economic realities of the area, to plan a highly functional, sustainable city in Africa.Catherine McKalip-Thompson