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CH2M Foundation and Giving
Ever since the CH2M Foundation was relaunched in 2013 as a strategic global funder in STEM education, sustainable communities, and employee engagement, the impact of our philanthropy is being felt across the world. Now more than ever, the foundation is committed to deeper, longer partnerships, enabled by a cadre of talented employee volunteers who promote human progress by turning challenge into opportunity. We manage charitable giving through strategic partnerships with organizations in our operating countries that develop sustainable communities; promote STEM education; and foster employee engagement.
On September 25, 2015, 193 world leaders committed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – the Global Goals to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and address climate change. In the same year, IMPACT 2030 was established as a global private sector-led collaboration to mobilize employee volunteers to advance the achievement of the SDGs. CH2M is a proud “Collaborating Partner” and joins many of our key clients in this 15-year effort to harness the power of our passionate workforce to make positive changes through donating our time and talent on behalf of the SDGs.
In 2015, the foundation embarked on a new challenge to increase the number of employees engaged directly in STEM education programs. It did so through the firm’s already existing employee network groups, which represent the depth and breadth of CH2M’s commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion. Three of the groups representing African-Americans (Harambee), Hispanics (Enlace), and Junior and Mid-Level Professionals (JuMP) from the Environment and Nuclear Business Group each selected a strategic nonprofit STEM education partner. The partner then received a financial grant from the foundation. The employees worked all year to carry out programs that inspired the next generation of socially and environmentally responsible leaders. This initiative led to deeper relationships between our employees and STEM education providers, and also created hundreds of new champions of the foundation’s goals within the company.
As always, our passion for building lasting, life-changing infrastructure continues to be demonstrated through our support of our three strategic partners that provide access to clean water and develop sustainable communities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America: Water For People; Engineers Without Borders USA; and Bridges to Prosperity. Together, these groups improve the lives of millions of people each year by providing access to clean water; building bridges that link communities to education, health care facilities, and markets; and providing energy to power schools and health clinics.
We appreciate the passion that our employees bring to work every day and the spirit of service they demonstrate as community volunteers. Through the foundation’s Travel Grants Program, dozens of employees went to Africa, Asia, and Latin America to lend their technical expertise on critical infrastructure projects sponsored by Bridges to Prosperity, Water For People, and Engineers Without Borders USA.
The foundation’s Board of Directors, which includes employees from around the world, is honored to be entrusted with funding from CH2M and is mindful about putting it to use in the most beneficial and strategic ways. In the coming years, the foundation’s impact will grow as CH2M continues to meet the challenges of our increasingly complex world.