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CH2M’s value chain involves a range of stakeholders — from the regulators, suppliers and subcontractors upstream of our work, to clients, delivery partners and constituents served downstream — whose social, environmental and economic interests must be considered in the work we do.

With a purpose rooted in sustainability, we take a systems approach in our value chain to enable greater triple bottom-line returns, even when we cannot directly track, measure or take credit for measures beyond our operational footprint. This means we often engage in spirited, constructive dialogues and collaborations with partners and clients on how to drive sustainable outcomes, particularly in the delivery of complex, large-scale projects and programs with many stakeholders.

Value chain

CH2M’s sustainability and corporate citizenship stakeholders, memberships and partnerships include:


Our clients seek to improve their supply chain sustainability and, as dedicated partners with them, we strive for disclosure and transparency in metrics that are important to our customers. Many of CH2M’s projects and clients require or request reporting on sustainability progress as a part of the bidding process or as part of supplier sustainability surveys.


Employees are actively engaged in sustainability and corporate citizenship efforts through local volunteer efforts, our Sustainability Community of Practice, our Environmental Management System (EMS) and social media.


We report on all aspects of company performance, including sustainability and corporate citizenship, to owners of CH2M stock, including current and former employees and our minority investment partner Apollo Global Management, LLC.

Business and joint venture partners

In our work with joint-venture partners, we influence further consideration of sustainability measures.

Governments, policy makers and regulators

By nature of our work, and in accordance with various statutory and regulatory requirements ranging from local to national governance associated with that work, we advocate, provide insights and report on risks and opportunities to sustainable performance with the following parties:

  • Local, state/provincial and national permitting agencies
  • Local, state/provincial and national policymaking bodies and advisory committees
  • National government agencies providing oversight on procurements and contracts
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • National and international trade and customs agents

Business and professional associations

CH2M engages with professional societies and advocacy groups to benchmark best practices. We lend support and technical expertise, and also learn from others to drive continuous improvements, in our involvement with the following organizations:

  • Air & Waste Management Association
  • American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists
  • American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
  • American Council of Engineering Companies
  • American Institute of Certified Planners
  • American Road & Transportation Builders Association
  • American Society of Civil Engineers and other engineering and scientific professional associations
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • American Water Works Association
  • Business Roundtable
  • Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
  • Construction Management Association of America
  • Construction Specifications Institute
  • Design-Build Institute of America
  • EFCG Inc.: Financial and Strategic Advisors to the Architecture, Engineering/Consulting and Construction Industry
  • Global Social Investing Council
  • Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment
  • Institute of Transportation Engineers
  • International Project Finance Association
  • International Society of Soil Mechanics & Geotechnical Engineering
  • International Water Association
  • National Association of Environmental Professionals
  • National Association for Environmental Management
  • National Council for Public-Private Partnerships
  • Project Management Institute
  • Society of American Military Engineers
  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
  • Sustainable Remediation Forum
  • U.S. Green Building Council, Emirates Green Building Council and European Green Building Council
  • Value of Water
  • Water Design Build Council
  • Water Environment Federation
  • WTS (Women’s Transportation Seminar) International
  • Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure, Harvard University

Nonprofit organizations

We partner with nonprofits directly and through our CH2M Foundation, which focuses on environmental stewardship, global access to water and sanitation and STEM education, as described in detail in Our communities. Other nonprofit partnerships, such as corporate networks and compacts that share a mission of creating a safer, more abundant world for the next generation, are directly tied to sustainable business:

  • Bridges to Prosperity
  • Building Responsibly
  • Business in the Community
  • Business for Social Responsibility
  • Business Roundtable
  • Emirates Foundation
  • Engineers Without Borders USA
  • GreenBiz Executive Network
  • Humanity United
  • IMPACT 2030
  • Institute for Human Rights and Business
  • Social Mobility Foundation
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • UN Global Compact
  • Water For People
  • Wildlife Habitat Council
  • World Environment Center

Communities where we live and work

We engage with stakeholders in our local communities through in-office environmental education, community cleanups and volunteer projects.

Suppliers and subcontractors

We drive sustainability into our supply chain by assessing suppliers and subcontractors for their safety, environmental and ethics programs, as explained in the Supply Chain Management section that follows.

2017 Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship Report