Friday, October 25, 2013

AECOM's Sustainability Leadership

AECOM is a global company that delivers solutions that create, enhance and sustain the world's built, natural, and social environments. AECOM provides professional technical and management support services for public and private clients in 140 countries around the world. They are active in a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government.

AECOM views sustainability as helping clients, society and its operations address complex challenges by managing financial, natural, social and human capital that work together to advance human progress with less risk. With revenues of $8.2 billion during the 12 months ended March 31, 2013, AECOM demonstrates that being a good corporate citizen can also be very profitable.

As reported in a Marketwatch article, AECOM published its second annual global sustainability report on May 7, 2013, it is titled, "Complex Problems. Integrated Solutions."

"As a visionary company with an incredibly diverse set of skills, we have the opportunity to solve some of the world's most complex and pressing challenges," said John M. Dionisio, AECOM chairman and chief executive officer. "Making a positive impact in the world remains our top priority, and this report showcases some of the many ways that we incorporate the various aspects of sustainability into our projects, operations and community activities."

Some of AECOM's fiscal year 2012 highlights include:

Being named one of the World's Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute for the third-consecutive year.

AECOM's 2012 employee and company donations to charitable and philanthropic organizations globally totaled more than US$3.5 million. AECOM employees logged thousands of volunteer hours with its CSR partner organizations in more than 100 countries.

AECOM became a signatory and participant in the United Nations Global Compact, the world's largest corporate responsibility initiative, with more than 8,000 business and non-business participants in 135 countries.

From winning the master plan design contract for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and Paralympic games to spearheading the largest new construction project in Beijing, the Tongzhou New City, AECOM projects continue to solve some of the world's most complex challenges.

"I am pleased with the solid progress AECOM made towards its sustainability objectives during the last year, as readers will see in the report," said Gary Lawrence, AECOM vice president and chief sustainability officer. "We are now more focused than ever on enabling our clients to be successful in the most sustainable ways possible, and we also are applying the same mindset to our own operations and community activities."

© 2013, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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