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Sustainability

Sustainability at Jacobs means ensuring long-term business resilience and success while positively contributing toward the economy, society and the environment.

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From the way we operate our business, to the sustainable solutions we co-create with clients and partners, we continue to look at ways to make a positive environmental, societal and economic difference for businesses, governments and communities around the world.

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“PlanBeyond is our approach to sustainability. It’s about planning beyond today for a sustainable future for everyone. For us, this means social and economic progress while protecting our environment and improving resilience. It is also about being the employer of choice for our people and being the go-to solutions provider for a more connected, sustainable world.”

Steve Demetriou

Steve Demetriou

Chair & CEO

A sustainable future

Aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), PlanBeyond™ is our approach to sustainability — planning beyond today for a more sustainable future for everyone.

As a purpose-led company, we're focused on reinventing tomorrow with solutions for addressing water scarcity and biodiversity loss; transitioning from fossil fuel to clean energy sources; decarbonizing the transport and manufacturing sectors; reducing waste through circular economy innovations; building long-term resilience into critical infrastructure assets; and improving the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.

Commitment to Sustainability

Commitment to sustainability

We have developed six Sustainable Business Objectives that sit at the heart of PlanBeyond. These objectives define our aspirations for how Jacobs as an organization and our 55,000+ employees can make a difference in creating a sustainable future for all.

  1. Advance the health, wellbeing and safety of society (aligned to SDG 3)
  2. Deliver solutions for the global water and sanitation crisis (aligned to SDG 6)
  3. Foster a culture of technology and innovation important to the advancement of society (aligned to SDG 9)
  4. Create a fair and inclusive future for all (aligned to SDG 10)
  5. Develop efficient and resilient solutions that deliver net environmental and societal gain (aligned to SDG 11)
  6. Accelerate solutions that address the climate emergency (aligned to SDG 13)

Commitment to climate action

Climate Action Plan

Jacobs’ new Climate Action Plan lays out our next phase of climate mitigation and adaptation commitments, which build on the progress we have made since the release of our initial plan on the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day in 2020.

Our new, ambitious climate commitments include:

  1. Ensuring every project becomes a climate response opportunity
  2. Achieving Net-Zero greenhouse gas emissions across the value chain by 2040
  3. Maintaining carbon neutrality status and 100% low-carbon electricity for our operations

We are proud to be the first consultancy and one of the world’s first companies with net-zero targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative. We are proud to have reduced our carbon emissions by 45% since 2019. We are proud to procure 100% low-carbon electricity for our operations.  And we are proud to be a carbon neutral organization.

Explore our NEW Climate Action Plan

Delta Conveyance Program

Aerial view of large estuary

Engineering design services for the multi-decade Delta Conveyance Program which will secure clean water for 27 million people and three million acres of agricultural lands. Explore the Delta Conveyance Program.

FlyZero, UK Aerospace Technology Institute

FlyZero airplane being fuelled with hydrogen

Consulting and advisory to define the infrastructure needed to operate green liquid hydrogen powered aircraft, supporting the UK Government’s goal of zero-carbon emission commercial aviation by 2035. Explore FlyZero.

Brisbane Metro Bus Rapid Transit

Brisbane Metro

Technical advisor for fleet of new battery electric, bi-articulated vehicles (the first of their kind in Australia) and redesign of the public transport network that will move the area’s 1.6 million people daily. Explore the Brisbane Metro Bus Rapid Transit project.

Together, we craft solutions that affect the way people live. From accelerating the next generation of innovators to the world’s first ultra-low emission zone, from helping communities recover to monitoring water quality to protect public health, we solve for better, never losing sight of our responsibility to each other.

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Partnering with our communities through the Collectively℠ program

Thriving communities. Giving back. A brighter future. What we do is more than a job.

Every day, Jacobs’ employees around the world make a positive difference for our clients and the communities in which we live and work.

Through our approach to global giving and volunteering — the Collectively℠ program — we unite our 55,000 visionaries, dreamers and doers in a single platform for charitable giving and volunteering — allowing us to amplify the positive impact we make in our communities every day. 

We maximize our collective positive impact by measuring and tracking our employee impact, as well as our corporate citizenship and philanthropic activities.

Find out more about The Collectively Program℠ Strategy
  • 3 M+

    charities around the globe supported through our partnership with Benevity, the world’s number one company for online workplace giving and volunteering

  • $ 3 M

    total donations through the Collectively℠ program in its first year

  • 125

    ambassadors across 16 countries and 85 offices harnessing the power of the Collectively program across our global offices, remote workforce and project sites

  • 11 K+

    STEAM activities and volunteering hours tracked since 2021

Annual sustainability disclosures and reporting

Jacobs reports on a wide range of  sustainability and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) issues through our annual ESG Disclosures. We also report on ESG issues via our Integrated Annual Report, Form 10-K, Proxy Statement, and other public materials.

Our disclosures report is focused on the priority ESG data we believe is most relevant to our business and important to our stakeholders, with alignment to the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) framework and informed by Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards. Annually, we disclose to CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) and the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment, (CSA), which is the basis for the S&P Global ESG Score and a key factor for inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices. We disclose our climate risk data in line with the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

Human Rights

We respect the human rights and dignity of people in our operations, supply chain and the communities where we work. Our approach is guided by international principles including the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Review our Human Rights Policy and Modern Slavery Act Statement to learn more.

Materiality assessment

We conduct periodic materiality assessments to identify and prioritize the topics on which we focus our strategies and reporting. Our approach considers issues that represent Jacobs’ significant environmental, social, governance and economic impacts; our ability to drive long-term value creation and what is important to internal and external stakeholders. For more information on this process, see our ESG Disclosures.

Jacobs Sustainability Strategy

Jacobs PlanBeyond 2.0

PlanBeyond 2.0 (PDF, 6.3 MB)
PlanBeyond 2.0 (Digital)

Jacobs Climate Action Plan

Climate Action Plan

Climate Action Plan (PDF, 14.5 MB)
Climate Action Plan (Digital)

Learn more about sustainability at Jacobs