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Sustainability and Citizenship


Helping our communities live safe and healthy lives, with dignity, and helping people in need.

Safe, Healthy People

Safety is embedded into everything we do. There is nothing so urgent that we cannot take the time to do it safely. Wherever we operate globally, we are committed to providing safe and secure working environments for all workers and partners.

We believe such working environments are a fundamental labor right and have several initiatives to help our people be safe and healthy, both at work and beyond:

Zero Injuries Today

We provide our professionals with the training and awareness to live safe lives at work and at home. 

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We actively extend this culture to our clients, contractors, vendors and partners, as well as back to our families and communities where we live. 

We also seek opportunities where we can influence and train others on best practice procedures and behaviors. We do this throughout the world from Jakarta to Johannesburg, helping improve global safety standards and more reliable project outcomes.

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    We developed and launched our own BVSafe™ suite of software applications empowering site professionals through mobile devices providing safety checks, feedback, education and updates in real-time.

    Other programs include:

    • Employee Involvement Process (EIP) - Improving behaviors and actions both on-site and in our offices through our ASPiRE principles and core values.
    • Wellness Program - Enabling our professionals and their families to improve their mental and physical health and reduce their personal health care costs.
    • Safety of Global Assignments - Ensuring the security and protection of our professionals, wherever they are in the world.

    The Black & Veatch Foundation helps build community resilience and responds in times of crisis by donations to organizations and programs worldwide, encouraging our professionals' further charitable participation.

    These include:

    Black & Veatch professionals work selflessly on EWB projects around the globe. We provide the organization with financial support and are involved with many EWB chapters.

    For example, our professionals have been active with the Engineers Without Borders Mumbai chapter since 2009. This has seen more than 200 sanitation blocks installed in schools, improving hygiene for an estimated 40,000-plus students.

    Black & Veatch contributes to Red Cross initiatives around the globe. We recently supported disaster relief efforts in the United States, Ecuador, Nepal and Myanmar.


    United Way supports thousands of community groups and encourages fundraising to increase their reach. The Black & Veatch Foundation and our professionals give time and money every year to support United Way. Black & Veatch has supported United Way for more than 35 years and, during that time, our professionals have raised more than $28 million.


    UK professionals regularly participate in numerous fundraising events for WaterAid, an organization that works to bring safe water to the world’s poorest communities.


    For more than 30 years, hundreds of Black & Veatch professionals, retirees, their friends and family members have volunteered for CIO, helping restore dozens of homes and neighborhoods, and changing lives in the process.

    Our professionals extended this Kansas City-based program to South Africa in 2015, where 63 volunteers helped local communities with gardening, painting and building children’s playground equipment.

    We believe in the creation of sustainable and equitable futures for all. In addition to our growSTEM activity, we extend our company values and culture to all members of our communities with dignity and respect their individual differences.

    This dignity can only be achieved by respecting Human Rights, providing decent work for all and furthering gender equality.

    Workforce of the Future

    Diversity and Inclusion

    We believe that a wide mix of cultures and backgrounds gives our teams a healthier perspective and an ability to find better solutions for our clients. Our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer is a signature of the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion™ pledge and we continue to listen and improve our policies and behaviors through active participation in initiatives such as the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index survey.

    We support several Employee Resource Groups that promote cultural awareness and engagement through opportunities for career development, social support, mentoring, community participation and more. Our Women’s Network, for example, was set-up in 2015 and more than a quarter of our female professionals are active. We are also proud of the recognition that many of our female engineers regularly receive in their professional communities.

    • Black & Veatch recently received a 100 percent score from the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index, the HRC’s benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to LGBTQ employees.
    • Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Steve Edwards signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ pledge, committing Black & Veatch to nurturing a trusting workplace that values inclusiveness, enables difficult conversations about diversity and inclusion, expands education about unconscious bias and examines both best and unsuccessful practices aimed at creating an inclusive work environment.
    • During the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s annual “Power of Diversity” breakfast, Black & Veatch was named winner of the 2019 “Champion of Diversity” award, presented to a regional business “that has made a durable commitment to embracing diversity in their workplace, diversity supplier partnerships, and the community.”
    • BV culture and values transcend differences in age, gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation. Learn how our workforce impacts the world our company builds.

    Gender Balance in STEM

    Achieving gender balance is a long-term corporate commitment that we are working on through signing up to WISE’s ’10 Steps’ campaign for gender balance in science, technology, engineering and math.  This is the basis for our action plan for improving female representation in the workplace.

    Modern Slavery & Labor Exploitation Policy

    We are committed to providing safe and secure working environments for all workers and partners and ensure that there is no modern slavery, human trafficking or labor exploitation in our supply chains or in any part of our business.

    Supplier Diversity

    Black & Veatch is committed to finding diverse suppliers and business partners in our endeavors around the globe and we are recognized for our efforts.  We are striving to identify and utilize products and services from a variety of small businesses, local businesses and diverse business enterprises.  Our potential network of qualified diverse suppliers and subcontractors includes:

    • Small Businesses (SBE)
    • Small Disadvantaged Enterprises (SDB)
    • Minority Business Enterprises (MBE)
    • Women Business Enterprises (WBE)
    • HUBZone Enterprises
    • Service Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (SDVBE)
    • Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSB)
    • LGBT Business Enterprises
    • Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI)
    • National Institute for the Blind/National Institute for the Severely Handicapped (NIB/NISH)

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