Our vision for creating a sustainable future integrates important considerations for operating ethically and executing projects with sustainable design in mind. As a values-based and employee-owned engineering, construction and consulting company, we aim to continuously improve management systems that enable and support operating ethically and with integrity.
Core-Based Ethics and Compliance Program
Black & Veatch manages an industry-leading ethics and compliance program, where we continue to report more than 99% completion of training programs. The program includes training, engagement and enforcement, integrating 17 compliance practices. We also adhere to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other international anti-corruption legislation, such as the U.K. Bribery Act.
Investing in Innovation
We seek to cultivate leadership and knowledge of sustainability throughout all levels of our organization, reflecting our culture of continuous improvement and our drive for innovation.
Black & Veatch is committed to working with diverse suppliers and business partners. Our global network of qualified 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)
Our Commitments to Good Governance
Through an internal materiality assessment and review of client sustainability goals, good governance emerged as a key element to be integrated into the Black & Veatch 2020-2023 Sustainability Strategy.
Sustainability Policy Governs Operations and Project Execution
Purpose: Advance sustainability while delivering critical human infrastructure.
Commitment: We will expand the use of sustainability principles into all project execution manuals.
Benefit: Infrastructure that reduces negative outcomes and increases positive outcomes across the economic, social and environmental aspects of a project’s lifecycle.
Business, Ethics & Anti-Corruption
Purpose: Continuously improve management systems that enable and support operating ethically and with integrity.
Commitment: We will maintain an ISO 37001-compliant, anti-bribery management system across BV’s global operations and seek to obtain ISO 37001 certification for three offices per year
Benefit: Maintain our reputation of operating with the highest level of integrity and the highest standards in ethics, morals, fairness and professionalism.
Good Governance in Action
2020-2023 Sustainability Strategy
We are strengthening our sustainability vision with new pledges that align with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and global best practices.Learn More
Piloting Sustainable Procedures with Land Services and Acquisitions
Since 1996, BV’s Land Services and Acquisitions group has provided start-to-finish site acquisition services for national telecommunications carriers, guiding our clients through the complexities of real estate site audits, title, leasing, right-of-way, zoning, and permitting issues. As BV’s Sustainable-by-Design initiative* was gaining traction in 2020, the group volunteered to ideate and pilot sustainability procedures that could be integrated into the group’s standard operating procedures and project execution manuals.Learn More
Nemec Jr. Business Ethics and Integrity Award
Each year, Black & Veatch recognizes professionals whose actions exemplify the highest degree of integrity and ethical business standards. The award is named after former Board of Directors member, Dr. Joseph Nemec, Jr., who was deeply committed to the highest ethical standards. Candidates must help create a respectful work environment that fosters growth and opportunity and also engage in community and philanthropy work that supports local, regional or global issues and that supports civic and charitable endeavors.
‘NEXT Coalition’ wins Construction Dive's Innovator of the Year Award
As the COVID-19 pandemic deepened, Black & Veatch joined leading U.S. engineering and construction firms to leverage deep safety expertise and best practices in a campaign to ensure the well-being of crews and office teams facing the outbreak’s complex challenges. The firms formed the NEXT Coalition, which was named Construction Dive magazine’s “Innovator of the Year.”Learn More
Black & Veatch Wins Innovation Award for Missouri 'Hyperloop' Study
Black & Veatch was awarded the BMO Harris Bank St. Louis Spirit Award, part of the Arcus Awards program, for work supporting a feasibility study examining one of the first “hyperloop” transit systems in the U.S. The honor recognizes an entity that advances an innovation, cutting-edge technology or industry best practice extending St. Louis’ history and global stature as a hub of innovation and forward-looking vision.