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Our sustainability strategy
We are committed to the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact
The sustainability framework we will use across our offices
We put safety first
Ensuring work is carried out in a healthy, safe and secure way
We act ethically and with integrity
Delivering excellence, inspiring trust and loyalty
We care about our communities
Encouraging and supporting community investment
Exhibiting the values and behaviours of the company
Resourcing for tomorrow
Our people are our greatest asset
Diversity & inclusion
Diversity of thought rather than visible characteristics
A century of experience supporting today's renewable energy
Global expertise in every aspect of water, from source to ocean
Solving tomorrow's natural resources challenges together
Safety in design
Putting safety first is one of our core values
Supply chain management
Delivering a globally consistent and collaborative SCM capability
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Introduction from our Chief Executive
Sixteen years on from launching our Sustainability Programme it is more important than ever to our way of corporate life.Sustainability is much abused in corporate terms and seems to be thrown around like the word ‘strategic’ by people who wish to add gravitas to something.For us it is hugely meaningful and not something to trifle with. Yes, it is at the very heart of our values.
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About Amec Foster Wheeler
Amec Foster Wheeler operates across the whole of the oil and gas value chain – from production to refining, processing and distribution of derivative products – in mining, clean energy and the environment & infrastructure markets, employing around 40,000 people in more than 55 countries.
Our approach to sustainability
For us, sustainability is about integrating social, environmental and economic conditions into our values and operations in a transparent and accountable manner.
Our goal is to be acknowledged as a leader in sustainability business practice, continually validating our social licence to operate by ensuring employees’ behaviours and actions are in line with our values. In order to meet that goal we have to strive to continually improve in key areas relating to sustainability, and demonstrating actions in line with our values.
Determining our priority areas through materiality assessment and engagement.Understanding the views of our
numerous stakeholders helps us to make better and more informed decisions. Although we understand that we will not always meet every stakeholder expectation, their views leads us to strengthen our policies and practices, understand the challenges we all face, and how we can better communicate how we contribute to solving them.
Health, safety, security management
Everyday around the world our employees and those who work with us are working on behalf of our clients. It is a fundamental right of every individual who works with us to undertake that work in a healthy, safe and secure way. Even though we work in some of the harshest environments undertaking difficult and dangerous work it is our duty to make sure that work is managed properly and risks are effectively mitigated.
Health, safety, security: Performance 2015
2015 was our first year working together as Amec Foster Wheeler, this was a transition year for health, safety and security. A year which was spent reviewing processes, rules and tools from across the combined organisation.
Safety excellence award: Sadara Packaging
HSSE Safety Excellence Award: Sadara Packaging
In 2015 the Sadara Packaging Centre Project was awarded the HSSE Safety Excellence CEO award for delivering the project safely, on time and on budget with an excellent safety record.
Best practice award: Copper Mountain Solar Project
HSSE Bronze Award for Best Practice: Copper Mountain Solar Project
In 2015 the Copper Mountain project was awarded the HSSE best practice CEO award for implementing best practice techniques and working practices to protect workers in the project’s unique and challenging working environment.
Sonara project: > Nine million man hours LTI free
Sonara project - more than nine million man hours LTI free
SONARA is a refinery upgrade project in Cameroon being delivered in an area with traditionally poor safety culture or expectations, challenging location and weather, limited resources and high levels of poverty. Despite these challenges the project has achieved a world-class safety performance since project start in 2011, achieving over 9.4 million hours without a Lost Time Incident, and providing local employment.
Adnoc safe drive campaign
Driving is one the biggest risks in the UAE, with the country having one of the highest per-capita road fatality rates, and only a quarter of the population driving. In total, road traffic related accidents represent two thirds of all fatal accidents in the UAE. The Ministry of Interior has recognised the poor culture and set a KPI to halve the fatality rate per capita by 2020.
Security in focus
The past two years has seen the ongoing development of Amec Foster Wheeler’s Group Security department, with the new operating model and business structure, the Group Security function has recalibrated its existing systems and processes to reflect the new business entity and the new global risk environment.
Environmental management and performance
Our business and many like it help to shape the world around us through the services we offer. We have an ever increasing portfolio of services which focus on the markets of tomorrow – but the services are only useful to us when they are procured by our clients. When oil prices are low, securing investment in renewable technologies is challenging, however we continue to invest in our clean energy business because we believe that we need to provide the world with post-carbon solutions now.
Minimising resource use
The world is experiencing growing energy demand, climate change and, increasing resource scarcity. The global agreement signed at the end of 2015 at COP21 and the increasing environmental regulations in this area mean that this is an area of increasing focus for ourselves and our clients, ensuring that we operate in the most efficient and effective manner and that we offer the same to our clients in the delivery of projects.
Americas water pilot
Pilot water consumption improvement programme
We launched a pilot water consumption program within our top priority sites in the Americas to better quantify water usage so that best practices could be identified and implemented. The western US was chosen for this purpose based on the global water risk assessment that was undertaken.
Guam circular economy
Amec Foster Wheeler currently has three projects in Guam, a United States
Territory located in the Marianas, including the construction of two aircraft
hangars and the laying of new utility lines for Andersen Airforce Base’s North
Carbon management and performance
We have been working to reduce the carbon emissions associated with our business operations for a number of years. Following the development of the Amec Foster Wheeler business late in 2014 there was a requirement to calculate the carbon footprint for the new business.
Fired heaters project
Amec Foster Wheeler’s waste heat boilers downstream of proprietary CO incinerators recovers waste heat from an incinerator that burns carbon monoxide (CO) gas from a refining process. The process of CO incineration and recovery of waste heat from the flue gas, incinerates harmful CO.
5 star efficiency
5 star efficiency programme
The sustainability team, in conjunction with real estate, developed an office efficiency programme which we call 5 star, which aims to improve our office stock in terms of operating cost and the emissions associated.
Amec Foster Wheeler is a relatively new company, but we have over 150 years of proud heritage, in which we have carefully built a reputation for consistently delivering excellence. Our values encapsulate the behaviours which must be second nature to us as we focus on delivering on promises, developing full potential and doing the right thing. We must be 100% committed to acting ethically and with integrity at all times.
Amec Foster Wheeler supports and respects the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights. This is demonstrated through our commitment to the principles of the UN Global Compact. It is also communicated in our Code of Business Conduct (CoBC), where we set out specific behaviours and expectations.
We believe that encouraging and supporting community investment activities carried out by our employees is important. Working together for good causes promotes wellbeing, supports our local communities and helps us to demonstrate our values, particularly how we care about our communities.
Support for mobile eye surgery unit
Amec Foster Wheeler’s operation in India recently sponsored an eye camp in the village of Kilkodungalore (120km from Chennai) conducted by Sankara Nethralaya, a leading eye-care hospital in India.
Partnering with SOS Children’s Villages
Since 2007, we have supported SOS Children on a number of educational projects within their villages, helping with running costs of the villages which provide a safe environment for children; provided funding and support for two infrastructure projects (water and solar); and provided support in their emergency relief efforts.
Amec Foster Wheeler aims to promote engineering by inspiring young people
through partnerships and events. Working with schools, colleges and groups,
people from around the company develop and deliver activities that highlight
STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in fun and
Amec Foster Wheeler employees have taken part in a number of community initiatives throughout the year. Here are just a few.
Resourcing for tomorrow
We face a challenging business environment with continued pressures, particularly in the oil and gas and mining sectors. This has impacted some of our activities, however we have adapted to the situation and continue to source and build a strong talent pool for delivery to our customers now and into the future.
Oil & Gas education partnership
Since 2013, Amec Foster Wheeler and Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB)* have
had a Memorandum of Understanding in place for an education partnership
created to support the Government’s priority to develop the local talent pool in
Brunei’s Oil & Gas industry.
Surviving a zombie apocalypse
Amec Foster Wheeler’s engineers helped promote civil engineering by developing a brand new zombie apocalypse themed activity. Three of our engineers worked alongside the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and others to build a new under-19 activity based on the walking dead and disaster relief
Dalziel High School partnership
Our Reading, UK, office is highly involved in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities, participating in over 20 events a year at schools, encouraging all new employees to consider becoming a STEM Ambassador.
Companies with clear values have a stronger sense of purpose. We want our values to summarise what we are and what we stand for, to reflect the real character of Amec Foster Wheeler and its people.
Diversity and inclusion
Amec Foster Wheeler is committed to achieving a more diverse workforce and inclusive working environment, where all of our people have a sense of belonging and where greater diversity of thought is both encouraged and enabled throughout our business.
Recruitment for diversity
We know that different opinions spark creativity and help us make better decisions. So, bringing together professionals with diverse backgrounds and varied experience is key to solving challenging problems with innovative solutions for our customers.
Safety by design
‘Doing the right thing – putting safety first’ is one of our core values. This includes the fundamental goals of achieving inherently safer design in all of Amec Foster Wheeler’s engineering and construction efforts. Amec Foster Wheeler’s Safety by Design process assists the achievement of designs with enhanced safety and environmental characteristics. This process is based on the implementation of Inherently Safer Design principles applied to engineering, construction and their environmental aspects.
Supply Chain Management
Amec Foster Wheeler’s Supply Chain Management (SCM) function is responsible for the end-to-end management of the external supply chain for the provision of goods and services to our projects across the globe, managing an annual spend of circa $5.5 billion per annum.
Supply Chain Code of Business Conduct
Amec Foster Wheeler’s Code of Business Conduct (Code) is a set of principles to guide us and those who work on our behalf and under our direction in the conduct of our day-to-day business. It is equally valid wherever in the world we are operating and whatever we are working on.
Our Supply Chain Code of Business Conduct (Supply Chain Code) is aligned to the Code.
Circular Economy Route Map for London
Development of the Circular Economy Route Map for London
Amec Foster Wheeler is supporting the London Waste & Recycling Board (LWARB) with technical expertise for the development of a new Circular Economy Route Map for London.
Heathrow Airport expansion project
Heathrow Airport expansion project
Environmental support in airport’s bid for new runway
Amec Foster Wheeler is currently supporting Heathrow Airport Ltd in its bid to the UK Government for a third runway, and in its aspiration to become ‘the world’s most environmentally responsible hub airport’.
WA Route Overhead Lines Project
The WA Route OHL project is part of the greater South West Scotland (SWS)
Renewables connection which, on completion, will see the construction and
operation of a modern energy connection network, connecting renewable
energy schemes across Scotland (East Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway) to
the national grid. The WA overhead transmission line extends from the existing
Coylton Substation in the north to the New Cumnock Substation (Meikle Hill) in
the south. Supported by 46 steel towers, the transmission line is 14.3km long.
Kuwait environmental remediation programmme
Since 2012 Amec Foster Wheeler has been undertaking project management consultancy (PMC) services on the Kuwait Environmental Remediation Programme for Kuwait Oil Company (KOC).
Sustainability and Resiliency Services
Amec Foster Wheeler is a worldwide provider of sustainability and resiliency services, supporting public infrastructure and transportation, industrial and commercial, oil and gas, mining, and other clients.
Resilient Cities - Resilient World
Helping cities throughout the world become more resilient
At Amec Foster Wheeler, we are driven by providing safe and sustainable project solutions for our customers, many of whom include cities and municipalities worldwide.
Partnering with 100RC will enable us to harness our worldwide expertise in sustainability, emergency management, weather forecasting, environment and infrastructure to enhance cities’ capacity to thrive when experiencing shock and stress.
In accordance with GRI G4, this report focuses on material issues i.e. those that our internal and external stakeholders have deemed significant in relation to our business and the industries in which we work.
External assurance statement
Assurance statement and summary
Amec Foster Wheeler has commissioned Corporate Citizenship to provide external assurance and a commentary on its Sustainability Performance Review 2014.
2015 Resilient World - sustainability report
Resilient World - sustainability report 2014
A complete sustainability report, featuring all fact sheets and case studies
2014 Resilient World - sustainability report
15 year sustainability journey
Our 15 year sustainability journey
It is now 15 years since Amec Foster Wheeler first started to look at sustainability. Here, we remember back to those early days.
Modern slavery statement
This statement is made pursuant to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that Amec Foster Wheeler and its subsidiaries have taken to date to prevent modern slavery in its supply chain.
We have long recognised the harm of slavery and human rights violations. As an international company, we understand the importance of addressing these issues in the way we undertake our business – this is reflected in the culture of our organisation, our company values, and demonstrated through our long-standing approach to sustainability.
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