Best Corporate Steward - Finalist, AECOM Technology Corporation


With approximately 45,000 employees operating in more than 125 countries, AECOM is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government. Its projects vary from NASA’s new Sustainability Base in California, to the upcoming London Olympics, to the World Trade Center site in New York City.

AECOM is ranked by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the world’s 110 most ethical companies for 2011. AECOM has also been recognized at an enterprise level, as Newsweek magazine named the firm to its Greenest Big Companies listing.

Doing Well and Doing Good

"For AECOM to remain a global leader in our industry, we need to continue creating sustainable solutions for our business and our clients. Whether through the services we provide or our volunteer efforts in the community, we truly live AECOM’s Purpose: to create, enhance and sustain the world’s built, natural and social environments.

"Our business mission and the uniquely qualified expertise of our people improve living conditions, contribute to energy-efficient buildings, connect people and goods through better transit and transportation systems, ensure the safety and availability of the world's water supply, develop renewable energy solutions, and protect and restore the health of our environment."

Corporate Stewardship Highlights

AECOM's application states: "We know our work matters, we know we can make a difference in people's lives, and we are committed to meeting our obligations as a global corporate citizen through the services we provide, donated professional and technical expertise, employee volunteerism, fundraising and matching contributions to support important causes."

Occupational Health and Safety

Many AECOM employees around the world have been recognized for their dedication to operating and maintaining projects in a safe manner.

  • In Malaysia, employees received Shell’s Environmental Services annual safety award for their safety efforts on environmental services projects in the Middle East and Asia.
  • In Africa, clients continue to learn more about the safety processes inherent to AECOM's program management capabilities as particpation in this market expands.
  • At the National Safety Council Congress and Expo in San Diego, AECOM received four industry leader awards, 171 occupational excellence awards and the Corporate Culture of Safety award.
  • Employees and contractors working on the landmark Al Wa’ab City real estate project in Doha, Qatar, recently completed 10-million employee hours without a lost-time incident.

Employee Health and Wellness

The company created Wellness at AECOM, a private interactive application that manages and gives tips on health and wellness. And to help raise awareness in its communities, AECOM employees actively participate in events that promote a healthy life. Staff in South Africa was ranked second in the “Best Shape” category of the 2011 Healthy Company Index, which surveyed 101 companies.

Sustainable Practices

AECOM’s vision for a more sustainable future drives much of its work.

The Green Building Council of Australia awarded its Adelaide office a 5-Star Green Star Office Interiors Certified Rating, which recognizes excellence in environmentally sustainable construction. And AECOM’s Perth office in Australia has been ranked as one of the nation's most energy-efficient workplaces.

For its clients, AECOM's professionals incorporate sustainability into each project, such as NASA’s Sustainability Base research center, the LEED Platinum Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, and the clean-energy Resort Municipality of Whistler, Canada.

Community Involvement

As part of its corporate commitment, AECOM's professionals become personally involved in their local communities.The company is especially proud of our partnerships with Engineers Without Borders and Water For People.

Engineers Without Borders – AECOM's partnership with Engineers Without Borders (EWB) helps provide necessities such as clean water, power, sanitation and education.

AECOM offers employees several options to support EWB, including: a) membership promotion and participation throughout the organization; b) financial support to participating staff to cover personal travel expenses associated with EWB trips; c) support of EWB activities by providing access to company facilities and other resources; and d) access to a vast network of technical expertise.

AECOM employees have gone to the far reaches of the globe to help improve living environments in underdeveloped communities in countries such as Bolivia, India, Kenya, Guatemala and Haiti, among others.

In 2010, AECOM served as an EWB Diamond Level sponsor (for gifts of US$100,000 or more), at the EWB International Conference in Denver, Colorado

Water For People – In 2010, AECOM launched a payroll deduction program that supports Water For People (WFP), a non-profit organization which supports the creation of locally sustainable drinking water resources, sanitation facilities and hygiene-education programs in developing countries. To date, AECOM has raised more than US$100,000, and reached “global sponsor” level.

AECOM supports and collaborates with WFP in 11 countries: Uganda, Rwanda, and Malawi in Africa; the state of West Bengal in India; Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic in Central America; and Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador in South America. Several employees have donated their time and expertise to the organization.

Executive Leadership

  • AECOM President and CEO John M. Dionisio serves on the board of directors at The City College of New York (CCNY) and Corinthian Colleges. He recently received the Presidential Award for his direct affiliation with the college and his "exemplary leadership to the CCNY community."
  • Chief Sustainability Officer Gary Lawrence presented an Earth Day webinar to several offices, now available worldwide on AECOM's intranet.
  • SVP of Corporate Services Greg Sauter participated in an AECOM team for the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust by running the New York City Marathon.
  • Many senior leaders are involved in AECOM’s Women’s Leadership Council (WLC), which works to promote and support women within AECOM. EVP and COO Jane A. Chmielinski is the executive sponsor for the WLC group. She is also actively involved with the Women’s Transportation Seminar and serves on the board of directors for the March of Dimes’ New York Division.