- Stakeholders, Memberships, & Partnerships
- Procurement for Client Projects
- Procurement for Operations
- Business Partnerships
Recognizing employees for donating their time and talent and providing volunteer programs that foster pride, loyalty, and camaraderie creates strong building blocks for employee engagement at CH2M. The following examples demonstrate some of the positive impacts we can have around the world.
Employee Network Partnerships: In 2015, the foundation partnered with several of the firm’s employee network groups that selected a strategic nonprofit STEM education partner. 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.
Gift Matching: Disaster fundraising topped the global effort as most remarkable in 2015. On April 25, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal, killing thousands and leaving infrastructure in rubble. Because of the compassionate and globally minded character of CH2M’s employees, an outcry to help those in need echoed across the company. The foundation’s employee gift-matching program is designed for just such emergencies. By setting up a dollar-for-dollar match, up to US$10,000, on all gifts to employees’ local Red Cross or Red Crescent organizations, CH2M employees in 13 countries on 6 continents donated over US$60,000 (US$50,000 from employees, with US$10,000 from the foundation).
Employee Travel: Beyond financial support, CH2M has refocused its efforts on employee-led, pro bono skilled volunteerism. In Africa, Asia, and Central America, employees from six continents have come together to build pedestrian footbridges across waterways that are impassable during rainy seasons. These efforts have saved countless lives and contribute to the economic well-being of villagers, now able to access marketplaces, schools, and health care facilities.
Two teams of employees from CH2M’s transportation group traveled to Gasura, Rwanda, and La Rancheria, Nicaragua, to build bridges in communities that lacked safe, reliable crossings, enhancing the livelihood of thousands of residents.
Seasoned volunteers for Bridges to Prosperity, Todd Wang and Mike Paddock, spent 3 weeks in the Philippines consulting with the U.S. Navy Seabees in their construction of two critical footbridges and proudly partnering with an important CH2M client. In addition to the Philippines bridges, Todd Wang spent another 6 weeks in Timor Leste assisting the U.S. Navy Seabees in building two more bridges in that island nation.
With Engineers Without Borders, our team celebrated completion of a bridge in Guatemala, built with students from Marquette University, who were mentored by CH2M’s Dan Salazar. Helping to ensure a safe and secure source of drinking water, CH2M’s Edgar Ortusiastigue and Olver Obagi traveled to Jinotega, Nicaragua, to provide pro bono consulting to Water For People, which needed an inventory of water resources in the vicinity. “We are helping deliver clean water to people around the world through a partnership between CH2M volunteers and local resources from WFP; we strive in building a collaborative effort through shared expertise,” says Olver.
Office Engagement: On Earth Day 2015 in San Diego, California, a small but hardworking group of employees participated in the 13th Annual Creek to Bay Clean Up as part of the I Love a Clean San Diego project.