- Stakeholders, Memberships, & Partnerships
- Procurement for Client Projects
- Procurement for Operations
- Business Partnerships
Stakeholders, Memberships, and Partnerships
CH2M has many stakeholders in its success, including clients, employees, shareholders, business and joint venture partners, suppliers and subcontractors, professional and nonprofit organizations, and the communities where we live and work. Based on our value chain relationships, we know that working with these various stakeholders on sustainability goals helps to improve performance for everyone.
Our two primary stakeholder groups are our employees and clients. Employees are actively engaged through local volunteer efforts, our Sustainability Community of Practice, EMS, intranet, and online social media group by providing direct comments and suggestions to our executive sponsor for sustainability, global sustainability director, business group sustainability leaders, and regional HSE teams.
Our clients seek to improve their supply chain sustainability and, as dedicated partners with them, we strive for disclosure and transparency in metrics that are important to our customers. More information about our value chain and these relationships is provided in Key Sustainability Impacts and Effects. Many of CH2M’s projects and clients require reporting on sustainability progress as a part of the bidding process. Many more clients neither make such information a requirement for bidding nor score it, but they do request it to ensure that bidders’ values align with theirs. In turn, we drive sustainability into our supply chain by assessing selected vendors and subconsultants for their safety, environmental, and ethics programs. We also work with joint venture partners and others, and often select these partners based on matching cultures and values.
CH2M engages with a multitude of other stakeholders, such as professional societies, nongovernmental organizations, and communities and governments where we work. In these activities, we provide financial support and technical expertise, as well as learn from others about how we might improve our organization and approach.
Professional organizations are rich sources of partnerships to accomplish sustainability objectives in the marketplace outside of our own operations. Working with organizations that promote green building and sustainable infrastructure—as well as with more traditional engineering and scientific societies that are beginning to embrace sustainability—is a critical area that the company recognizes and where we direct funding. Such organizations include:
- American Society of Civil Engineers, along with a multitude of other engineering and scientific professional associations
- Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure, Harvard University
- U.S. Green Building Council, Emirates Green Building Council, and European Green Building Council, among others
- Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment
- Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
- Water Environment Federation
- Global Social Investing Council
- IMPACT 2030
- American Water Works Association
We partner with nonprofits directly and through our CH2M Foundation, which focuses on environmental stewardship, global access to water and sanitation, and STEM education. Other nonprofit partnerships, such as corporate networks and compacts that share a mission of creating a safer, more abundant world for the next generation, are directly tied to sustainable business. Examples of our partnerships, such as with Bridges to Prosperity and the Social Mobility Foundation, are described in Fostering Employee Excellence and Engaging our Communities. Many of these partnerships inform improvements to CH2M’s approach to sustainability. Our partner organizations include:
- UN Global Compact
- The Nature Conservancy
- World Business Council for Sustainable Development
- Water For People
- Engineers Without Borders USA
- Bridges to Prosperity
- Business Roundtable
- Green Business Executive Network
- Business in the Community
- World Environment Center
- Corporate Eco Forum
- Social Mobility Foundation
- Emirates Foundation
- Humanity United
- Institute for Human Rights and Business
The lists above are not exhaustive, but focus on the most prominent relationships in terms of the sustainability and corporate citizenship programs.
CH2M engages with the communities where we have offices and where we complete projects. Avenues for engagement include our efforts in sustainable communities. CH2M selects and engages with stakeholders using a variety of methods appropriate to the group and the relationship. Some focus on in-office education about environmental topics, such as water and energy conservation. Others focus externally, engaging in community cleanups and volunteer projects. All activities support CH2M’s culture of environmental stewardship and community caring.
Clients drive several aspects of corporate citizenship through contractual requirements, supplier sustainability surveys, and bid document requests. Contractual requirements often align with high-level, global concerns, such as ethics, human rights, safety, and climate change and carbon emissions. Supplier sustainability surveys typically ask for information on a range of other citizenship issues, such as waste management, energy and water conservation, career development and training, volunteerism, philanthropy, and corporate governance. Many clients include these types of issues on requests for proposals. Client sustainability surveys and questionnaires are compiled and analyzed for issues that are important or emerging.
Our supply chain sustainability surveys enable a dialogue with key suppliers about sustainability to further the programs of both entities. We plan to undertake a more formal engagement process in 2016, asking targeted stakeholder groups for feedback on our materiality analysis and sustainability report. Once we have engaged with our partners, the feedback will be incorporated into our next Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship Report.