Building what matters, sustainably – 2016 Sustainability Report

Our Approach

Our Approach


Our sustainability objective

We’re determined to become a recognized global leader in sustainability. We’re equally committed to transforming this expertise into a key competitive advantage to deliver value to our stakeholders and communities alike. In 2016, we continued to lay the groundwork for sustainability to become an integral part of our decisions, actions and processes.

Pursuing excellence across key areas

We’ve been using our expertise in sustainable project execution to create value for our clients, communities and company for decades. As our expertise grows, so does the opportunity to make a difference. To achieve our sustainability objective, we continue to pursue excellence across key areas.

  • Ethics
    Ethics and sustainability go hand in hand. Since 2012, we’ve made excellent progress toward achieving our goal of becoming the industry benchmark for ethics and compliance. We’re also increasingly called on to share the lessons learned on our ethics and compliance journey with other organizations.
  • People and Social Impact
    Being a leader in sustainability means aiming to consistently offer a work environment that attracts and allows talented people to thrive. A workplace that puts employee and contractor safety first. Leadership in sustainability also involves striving to make a positive difference in the communities where we live and work.
  • Projects
    In our industry, delivering world-class project execution is an important part of excellence in sustainability. It entails leading the way in applying sustainable technologies and best practices on our projects. And it’s about mastering these technologies and practices to enable our clients to achieve their sustainability objectives.

Embedding sustainability at SNC-Lavalin

We increasingly think about our performance along the three dimensions or triple bottom line of sustainability—economic, social and environmental. Our goal is to embed this perspective in our approach to everything we do.

Whether it’s a new client project or internal company initiative, we’re learning to see how it can support societal ambitions as well as those of our clients and our business. This means seeking ways to leave a larger economic and social footprint in local communities while minimizing the environmental impact of our offices and client projects.

When we take steps to foster a ‘zero harm’ health and safety culture at our offices and on project sites, we’re enhancing everyone’s sustainability. When we sponsor local initiatives and promote Aboriginal inclusion on projects, we’re a force for positive change.

Through our Local Resources Development Initiative (LRDI™), we help build local capacity and generate economic value for communities. We enable clients to reach out and engage with communities in meaningful ways, from hiring and training local workers to buying from local suppliers.

We’re multicultural and diverse. We understand the different cultures in which we operate. And, more and more, we know how to leverage our expertise to build economic, social and environmental value.


Our values keep us anchored and on track. They speak to how we run our business, how we express ourselves as a group, and how we engage with our stakeholders and inspire their trust.

Teamwork & excellence

Health & safety, security and environment

We’re innovative, collaborative, competent and visionary.

We have a responsibility to protect everyone who comes into contact with our organization and the environment we work in.

Customer focus

Ethics & compliance

Our business exists to serve and add long-term value to our customers’ organizations.

We’re committed to ethical business.

Strong investor return


We seek to reward our investors’ trust by delivering competitive returns. Our actions consistently demonstrate respect toward our stakeholders.