Environmental. Social. Governance.

At KCB, our Mission is delivering sustainable solutions for the natural and built environment, everywhere. As a multi-disciplinary engineering and geosciences firm, we recognize the important role we play in helping build a sustainable and climate-resilient future.

We are committed to doing our part through sound Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices that guide our business conduct and aim to drive positive change for the planet and society. In our commitment to ESG, we strive to incorporate sustainability across all aspects of our operations, from our client work to our social and environmental initiatives in our offices and the community.

Cultivating a Better Tomorrow

Like all businesses, we experienced 2020 as a year unlike any other. We found ourselves venturing into new realms of technology, safety, and teamwork, constantly pushing our understanding of sustainability and our role in a quickly changing world. As 2021 dawned, we found we had weathered the uncertainty of the last year with our core values intact, and a better understanding of our responsibility in cultivating a better tomorrow. Our Sustainability Report hightlights our performance related to environmental, social and governance issues from the last year.

Previous reports:   2019 – 2020   |   2018 – 2019   |   2017   |   2016   |   2015   |   2014   |   2013   |   2012

Governance

Our culture is founded on people who care about the meaning of their work. Whether inspecting a hydropower dam in Colombia, performing a hydrogeological assessment of a water facility in Australia, monitoring the construction of a tailings dam in northern Alberta, or completing an environmental survey for an industrial site in Peru – our engineers and scientists apply their technical skills and experience to solve clients’ problems.

We’ve learned from over decades of practical experience that there’s no better way to serve our clients and employees than by doing things right.

Doing things right means managing our business and projects in a consistent, professional and ethical manner. We work using an Integrated Management System (IMS) which meets the requirements of the ISO 9001 standard for quality, the ISO 14001 standard for environment and the ISO 45001 standard for occupational health and safety.

Health and Safety

We instill confidence in our employees to always work with safety and health in mind. We want our people to be safety leaders.

We recognize that our employees and visitors have the right to work in a safe and healthy workplace, including their physical, psychological and social well-being. We consult and collaborate with our employees, and train and coach our supervisors, to promote a strong safe and healthy culture by identifying hazards and planning for hazard mitigation. Wherever we work, our goal is to always work safely and prevent harm.

Code of Conduct and Ethics

We conduct our business ethically, with integrity and honesty. This is reinforced with our staff through various means including annual training, and with our supply chain through acknowledgement of our Code of Business Conduct

We encourage employees and other stakeholders to report issues about our business conduct and ethics on the confidential and anonymous reporting website IntegrityCounts.

Environment

We recognize the environmental impacts of our business and those of our industries: the mining, hydropower, infrastructure, transportation and energy sectors. By far, our biggest impact comes from advising our clients on ways to eliminate, mitigate or remediate the environmental impacts of their operations or facilities. We do this by incorporating sustainability into our engineering designs and scientific work.

At home, in our offices and laboratories, we track the amount of materials we use for our consulting practice, and offset greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from business air travel.

Environmental Stewardship

The concept of environmental stewardship offers KCB an opportunity to showcase our project-related successes and showcase our skills as environmental stewards.

It also provides us a chance to rise to the occasion and accept the challenge regarding our internal operations. Our goal is to use this forum to coordinate our efforts worldwide by exchanging ideas and sharing best practices. There are several ways to contribute to positive change in our offices. You can sit on an environmental committee, volunteer as an environmental champion or simply utilize all the resources that are in place in the office.

Social

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

KCB is committed to being an inclusive and welcoming community to all our employees.

Our commitment to diversity extends to our recruitment and retention of diverse groups, maintaining a respectful workplace, company policies and programs, and community partnerships.

Women in Klohn

Established in 2013, WiK is a forum for women at KCB to enable real-time networking between our offices around the globe, hold open discussions on topics of mutual interest, share new initiatives to help support the business, and provide a venue to offer advice on work-related challenges.

 

As a certified climate neutral company through ClimateCare, Klohn Crippen Berger (KCB) is investing in projects that aim to tackle climate change and improve the lives of people around the world. One project is BURN Jikokoa™ Stoves in Kenya, Africa.
We are proud to work with ClimateCare to offset our carbon emissions through Climate+Care projects that cut carbon and improve lives. One example is the Aqua Clara water filters project which provides safe water to communities in Kenya.
Klohn Crippen Berger is proud to support ClimateCare and Relief International’s Gyapa™ Cookstoves project, which announced on Earth Day that it has cut four million tonnes of CO2 over 10 years.