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Major US construction firm recognised for excellence in sustainability

DuPont has announced the winners of the 13th Edition of the DuPont Safety and Sustainability Awards.

The awards recognise outstanding initiatives aimed at enhancing workplace safety, sustainability and operational effectiveness.

Among this year’s winners was Jacobs, one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of technical, professional, and construction services. The company received a Regional Sustainability Award.

“We are very pleased that our hard work and commitment to improve sustainability in our business has led us to be recognised as a winner of a DuPont Sustainability Award,” said Alan Hendry, Director of Sustainability.  

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“I am proud to say that over the last seven years, our efforts to better capture and utilise data to reduce the footprint of our client initiatives has led to the savings of 54.2mn metric tonnes of CO2 for our clients in 2016 alone.”  

Jacobs works with a number of prestigious clients, particularly in the US where the company is headquartered.

In the last few months, the company has won a number of contracts from renowned institutions and public-sector agencies like the Chevron Corporation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the US Army. 

Founded in Pasadena as a one-man engineering consultancy in 1947, Jacobs has evolved over the past 70 years into a publicly traded company that generated US$10.9bn in revenues in 2016, with more than 90% of its work coming from repeat business.

As companies look towards more sustainable operations, this recognition from DuPont should help to drive business for Jacobs.

“We are very pleased to recognise Jacobs for their achievements and commitment to sustainability,” said Davide Vassallo, Managing Director, DuPont Sustainable Solutions.

“Like DuPont, they believe that improvements in sustainability performance and footprint reduction allows companies to not only become better corporate citizens, but more competitive and effective.”  

Jacobs’ commitment to integrating sustainability considerations across the full breadth of its operations is embodied in the company’s ‘Seven Principles of Sustainability’, which provide a visible value framework to guide best practices.

Aside from its work with clients to achieve sustainability objectives, Jacobs has also developed tools to help record, quantify, and report these value-adding activities.

One such tool is Sustainability+, a data capture tool launched by the company in 2010. It tracks practices and ideas that when implemented, create value through monetary savings, reductions in carbon footprint, or energy or water usage.

“We are consistently expanding the range of metrics the tool can track beyond the initial focus on carbon emissions, allowing us to provide a more comprehensive view of sustainability performance for our clients,” Hendry said.

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