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Jacobs response re: human rights commitment following acquisition of CH2M

Author: Steven J. Demetriou, Jacobs Engineering Group , Published on: 13 March 2018

...While we have strong systems in place, we consider the acquisition of CH2M an opportunity to enhance our human rights program even further... Jacobs recognizes the significance of CH2M's leadership on human rights and has already begun working to harmonize the companies' programs, leveraging the strong groundwork established by CH2M. Organizationally, Jacobs has named CH2M's former human rights lead as Jacobs' Director of Social Impact, responsible for overseeing strategy and implementation of Jacobs' worker welfare program globally. This position reports into our Vice President for Ethics & Compliance, and our Chief Administrative Officer serves as Executive Sponsor.

We are currently in the process of updating Jacobs' Code of Conduct and Supplier Code of Conduct to provide an integrated policy framework for our combined company and reflect international best practices. Additionally, we will be introducing a new human rights policy for Jacobs based upon CH2M's industry-leading Worker Welfare Policy...

...Externally, Jacobs will continue to play a leadership role in the Building Responsibly business coalition, with our Director of Social impact currently serving as Chair of the Steering Committee. While there is much we can accomplish internally, we know that no single company can address these complex challenges alone, and thus believe that it is essential to collaborate with peer companies to establish and disseminate common standards, practices, and tools across the industry...We also understand the importance of considering a diversity of perspectives, and thus will continue to operate with a commitment to multi-stakeholder engagement across the business, government, civil society, and academic sectors. 

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