Building New Futures

Balfour Beatty prides itself on being a responsible, sustainable business. Our new Sustainability Strategy embodies our ambition to go further to reduce our environmental footprint and to have a positive, sustainable impact wherever we work.

But ‘Sustainability’ is not a one-size-fits-all approach. So, in line with Balfour Beatty’s “think global, act local” guiding imperative, our aim is to set out our global goals, to provide an overarching framework and empower our colleagues to take action to deliver a better future in their geographies. Across the UK, US and Hong Kong, each of our businesses are now developing bespoke Sustainability Action Plans to ensure we address specific local challenges and priorities and leave a positive legacy in the communities we serve.

Uniting each of our Sustainability Action Plans are our three 2040 ambitions:

  • Beyond Net Zero Carbon
  • Generate Zero Waste
  • Positively Impact More than 1 Million People

 

Balfour Beatty Sustainability Strategy

 

Underpinned by our 2030 targets and aligned to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals1(SDGs) which provide a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all, each of our 2040 ambitions focuses on an area that has been identified as the most material to our business by key stakeholder groups including our customers, employees, shareholders and the communities we operate in. Each area is aligned to one or more SDGs with our Strategy as a whole focussing on the parts of SDG 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure2 - that are most relevant to us.

Here are some of our key highlights to date:

2020 Sustainability stats

You can find out more about our Sustainability Strategy here:

Recognition

Read more about our recent international successes and awards in sustainable construction including recognition from the Considerate Constructors Scheme

Awards

Sustainability and Resource Recovery Initiative of the Year, Water Industry Awards 2019
Balfour Beatty’s collaboration with GenQuip GroundHog and Hogen Systems

Sustainability and Environmental Excellence, Rail Business Awards 2019
Thameslink Key Output 2 (KO2) Programme

Winner, Britain’s Most Admired Companies 2019
Heavy Construction category

Considerate Constructors Scheme awards:

  • 6 gold (of which 1 was a Most Considerate Site Runner Up)
  • 4 silver
  • 2 bronze

Green Apple Awards:

  • 4 gold
  • 1 bronze
  • 1 green champion

Footnotes

  1. https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/
  2. https://sdgs.un.org/goals/goal9