Skip to main content

Statement From CEO Steve Edwards About Recent Media Coverage

On December 27, 2019 a civil lawsuit was filed against a dozen government contractors, including Black & Veatch, regarding work performed in Afghanistan several years ago. The lawsuit alleges that contractors working to rebuild that country paid protection money to the Taliban.

We have reviewed the complaint, retained counsel to address this matter in court, and have no reason to believe the allegations have any merit.

B&V’s Work in Afghanistan. During our time in Afghanistan, our professionals provided lawful services to – and at the direction of – our client, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). We have completed projects that more than doubled the amount of reliable power available to the country's hospitals, schools, businesses and homes, under our contract with USAID.

 A History of Support for the Military. Over the years we have taken specific steps to recruit veterans, whose expertise and leadership skills are vital to delivering solutions for clients. Today, our MERGE Employee Resource Group is a vital bridge between Black & Veatch military professionals, veterans and their families. Every day we honor their commitment.

Serving Clients Around the World. Our company’s Mission is to make a difference in the world, providing clients with sustainable infrastructure that improves lives, supports communities, and advances our world’s critical systems. To meet that challenge we have a culture of client service and a record of compliance.

Moving forward, we will continue to serve our clients with integrity as defined in our Core Values.

Steve Edwards
CEO, Black & Veatch


About Black & Veatch
Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building critical human infrastructure in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2018 were US$3.5 billion. Follow us on and in social media.

We seek partners in innovation. Let's start the conversation