SOURCE: Bechtel


November 17, 2011 11:17 ET

Bechtel Recognized for Environmentally Friendly Purchasing Practice

Company Receives Office Depot Green Award

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 17, 2011) - Bechtel Corporation has received an Office Depot Leadership in Greener Purchasing Award, recognizing the company's efforts to incorporate sustainability into its procurement practices. Office Depot presents the award to customers who purchase greener products which it believes is indicative of a company's broader environmental program.

In 2010, Bechtel began collaborating with Office Depot as part of the company's responsible procurement program, an effort to integrate environmental and social sustainability into Bechtel operations and its supply chain. The collaboration, which included the development of an internal system that makes it easier to purchase green products, has increased Bechtel's procurement of green office supplies for operations in the United States.

"This collaboration is part of a broader effort at Bechtel to incorporate sustainability into everything we do -- from our internal operations, to the way we deliver engineering, procurement, and construction solutions to our customers," said Charlene Wheeless, Bechtel's manager of corporate affairs and sustainability.

"Working with our suppliers is part of a strategic effort, focused on mutually beneficial initiatives that make good environmental sense and are just good business," added David Hammerle, Bechtel's manager of procurement and contracts, who manages the company's supply chain. "We are pleased with what we have been able to accomplish with Office Depot."

As a global company, Bechtel is committed to environmental excellence at every level around the world as evidenced by a variety of company initiatives that range from incorporating green, functional, and community design concepts into engineering and construction, to educating employees about simple steps they can take to reduce their personal carbon footprint.

About Bechtel
Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, project management, and construction companies in the world. Bechtel operates through five global business units that specialize in civil infrastructure; power generation; communications and transmission; mining and metals; oil, gas and chemicals; and government services.

Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 22,000 projects in 140 countries on all seven continents. Today, our 53,000 employees team with customers, partners and suppliers on diverse projects in nearly 50 countries. We stand apart for our ability to get the job done right -- no matter how big, how complex or how remote.

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