You can’t talk about sustainability without talking about the environment. All of our operations have an impact on their respective environments and communities - from our office work and activities in construction, operations and maintenance, to the design and engineering of projects as well as investment decisions related to the ownership of infrastructure.
At SNC-Lavalin we strive to ensure that our activities cause no lasting harm to the environment and support the sustainable development of communities in which we live and work. We help our clients build projects that improve people’s lives, while preserving the environment and continuing to provide value to both their businesses and their stakeholders for generations.
As a new UN Global Compact signatory, we fully endorse its environmental principles to support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges, to undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility, and to encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
To ensure all our activities comply with all applicable laws and regulations and to identify and apply best environmental management practices, we have the “Green Book” which is our Global Environmental Management System (GEMS) which meets the requirements of the ISO 14001 standard and which is updated annually.
GEMS requirements are communicated to all SNC-Lavalin’s Sectors, Business Units, divisions and work sites by our senior management team and site line management – executives, managers, supervisors – are accountable for its implementation. To facilitate GEMS dissemination through the company, a dedicated Environmental Lead for each Business Sector was appointed in 2014.
Environmental performance, challenges and opportunities are reported on a quarterly basis to the Safety, Workplace and Project Risk Committee of the Board of Directors.
On January 1, 2016, the Environmental Policy was replaced by an integrated Health & Safety, Security and Environment Policy (HSSE) in order to foster the development of common processes. The new Policy reflects SNC-Lavalin’s commitments with respect to the three disciplines.
In 2015, GEMS was simplified to make it easier to implement and modifications were brought to our Best Environmental Management Practices (BEMPs) to ensure world class best practices are covered because we aim to go above and beyond what is legally required.
To supplement any existing applicable environmental laws and regulations, environmental obligations based on GEMS’ BEMPs and site specific environmental protection requirements are provided to Contractors and Subcontractors working on the behalf of SNC-Lavalin on our construction sites.
To ensure that new projects are being set up in such a way so as to capitalize on SNC-Lavalin’s processes including GEMS requirements, a 100-day review process was initiated in 2015. This will ensure that major projects start off on the right foot, by identifying early on any issues which may lead to less than optimal performance, so that they may be rapidly corrected.
On all SNC-Lavalin’s major projects, good neighborhood committees are set up to build bridges with surrounding communities. These committees allow the company to raise awareness and increase understanding of projects, their expected impacts and proposed mitigation measures and participants are given the opportunity to share their concerns, ask questions and even propose solutions.
Finally, every employee and consultant is required to review, acknowledge annually and abide by SNC-Lavalin’s Code of Ethics and Business Conduct. It contains a specific provision outlining the company’s commitment to observe and comply with all applicable laws as well as standards and practices related to the protection of the environment to which SNC-Lavalin subscribes.