- A Sustainable Future
- Letter from the CEO
- Sustainability Strategy
- Ethics and Business Conduct
- Human Rights
- Economic Performance
The scope of this report includes the entire CH2M family of companies, as shown in the total employee distribution numbers. Our workforce numbers peaked in 2012 as a result of CH2M’s acquisition of Halcrow. In 2013, our staff numbers went down because of decreases in our temporary/flex staff and project demobilizations in various markets.
In 2014, our employee population grew in the first half of the year; however, we implemented a restructuring program to achieve business objectives in the second half of the year. This program led to a decline of approximately 1,200 employees through a voluntary retirement program for eligible U.S. staff, staff reductions worldwide, and restructuring initiatives.
In 2015, our employee population continued to decrease just over 3 percent overall. While some geographic regions (Europe) and business groups (Transportation and Water) experienced growth, this was offset by declines in other areas of our business that resulted from continued restructuring, market conditions, and strategic changes.
In 2015, CH2M’s total employee population of 22,007 (excluding joint ventures and contractors) included approximately 2,800 direct-hire craft employees. Of these craft employees, approximately 12 percent are represented by unions. Most of the employees covered by collective bargaining agreements are found in CH2M’s joint-venture partnerships, which were created to manage specific projects. Including our joint-venture population, we have 3,957 craft employees, about 37 percent of whom are represented by unions.
Throughout our history, culture—our beliefs, actions, attitudes, and reputation—has helped shape CH2M. Back in 1978, our cofounder Jim Howland created the Little Yellow Book to capture the cultural beliefs on which the firm was built. Our culture is why we are as committed as ever to our guiding principles: safety and wellness, sustainability, inclusivity, integrity, and ethics. These are infused into our brand and our core values and behaviors.
Culture is the backbone—and the connective tissue—supporting and reinforcing our goals, from our business to brand strategy. A strong company culture increases employee loyalty, fosters greater teamwork, boosts productivity, encourages creativity, and reinforces positive behavior. It helps CH2M attract and retain the best talent, leading to greater commitment, increased employee satisfaction, and better client relationships. Most important, it brings us together as one company.
Our goal is to continue to make our culture strong for generations to come, honoring the company’s heritage while providing the flexibility needed for future growth and expansion. It is through our shared values, and how we live them through our everyday behavior, that we make our culture real.
From the voices of teammates all across our company, we created the following cultural characteristics to help activate and cultivate our values in a way that feels right:
- Respectful: We treat people the way they deserve to be treated and strive to always do the right thing.
- Collaborative: Working together, we encourage diverse opinions, backgrounds, and ideas.
- Entrepreneurial: We have confidence in our abilities to make the right decisions and have a strong sense of ownership.
- Compassionate: We care deeply about the well-being of people, including teammates, clients, and the members of the communities where we work.
- Positive: We genuinely enjoy our work, encouraging those around us to do the same, and make a point to smile every day.