2017 Sustainability Report

Visible leadership

Visible leadership in the community

SNC-Lavalin is very involved with collective outreach across many parts of the globe, including in high-risk areas.  Our objectives are to:

  • Help promote ethical business by driving and supporting initiatives aimed at building capacity, especially with SMEs in regions where it makes business sense
  • Serve as a role model for clients, suppliers and other businesses by positioning ethics and compliance as a business enabler 
  • Engage in sharing compliance best practices with other companies and organizations

To achieve our objectives and promote ethical behaviour across businesses regardless of where they operate in the world, we:

  • Join or lead high-profile organizations
  • Create new local or industry-specific coalitions
  • Participate in or organize panel discussions
  • Mentor small-medium-sized enterprises
  • Participate in educational forums

Below are examples of some of our recent initiatives by region:

1. Asia-Pacific 

Singapore & Hong Kong: One of our Senior Vice Presidents was a panelist at a regional Business Integrity Conference.

Indonesia: Through collaboration with the Canadian embassy in Indonesia, we were the only Western company to participate at the day-long Anti-Corruption Working Group session organized by Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi or KPK), a government agency established to fight corruption. 

2. Canada and the US

Partnering with university and colleges: We’ve spoken to students at various universities (McGill, Western and University of Toronto), including presentations in Faculty of Law Anti-Corruption courses, as well as at Seneca College. Our Chief Compliance Officer was a guest lecturer at the University of Ottawa’s Canadian Centre of Excellence for Anti-Corruption.  

Third-party conferences: We spoke at Transparency International Canada events in both Toronto and Calgary as well as at a Trace International Business and Ethics Round Table in Vancouver. We were panelists at events hosted by the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, Lexpert and Benchmark Women in Litigation in Canada (all in Toronto). We spoke at the Roundtable on Anti-Corruption in Sub-Saharan Africa (Houston), annual TRACE conferences in Washington DC and London, as well as Ethisphere's Annual LATAM (Miami) and North American (New York) regional meetings.

Sponsoring and judging ethics: We sponsored Ryerson University’s 2nd annual case competition, for which we were a judge, and also helped judge the University of Houston’s ethics case competition. We were a top-level sponsor of the Canadian Ethics Centre in 2017.  

3. Europe 

We participated in several conferences in Europe on supply chain risk, investigation processes and anti-corruption, including at events organized by the OECD.

4. Latin America 

We signed the following agreements:

  • Alliance for Integrity (sponsored by the German government) to spread good business practices in Latin America. 
  • Agreement for Good Practices Against Corruption with other Canadian companies in Colombia that are members of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Colombia, which is sponsored by the Colombian Government. 

We’ve also been very active speaking at anti-corruption conferences across Brazil.


5. Middle East and North Africa

UAE: Over the past few years, we’ve been very active in the Compliance Officer networking community and as speakers at conferences in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai. We’ve spoken on topics regarding cross-border investigations, building a compliance program and anti-corruption efforts.

Kuwait: In 2017, our Head of Compliance Investigations spoke about driving successful infrastructure and public-private partnership projects by promoting integrity and good governance at the OECD and IMF Middle East Center for Economics and Finance conference.

North Africa: In the fall of 2017, our Regional Compliance Officer for North Africa and the Middle East (based in Abu Dhabi) identified local anti-corruption organizations for potential partnering.  

6. Sub-Saharan Africa

Our Regional Compliance Officer for Sub-Saharan Africa (based in Johannesburg) co-founded a local capacity-building anti-corruption organization called the Coalition of Ethical Operations (CEO Initiative). The organization involves multiple industries and sectors as well as academic and NGO partners that are collectively working toward reducing corruption in South Africa and eventually Southern Africa. 

This organization has been so successful that both the African Development Bank and the World Bank have commended them for their efforts. In February 2018, the CEO Initiative was nominated for an award from the Premier of Gauteng’s office in South Africa in the category of Clean Governance. 

7. Worldwide

PACI: The World Economic Forum Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI) is the foremost CEO-led anti-corruption initiative. Working alongside international organizations, academics and government institutions, PACI is at the forefront of industry practices to rebuild and foster trust in businesses and institutions. Through the commitment of their chief executive officers, close to 90 partner companies have signed and committed to the PACI Principles. Neil Bruce, SNC-Lavalin’s President & CEO, was appointed as co-chair of this initiative at the January 2018 World Economic Forum meeting in Davos and, together with David Cruckshank, Global Chairman of Deloitte, will drive this initiative going forward.

Trace International Workshops: We’ve invited local employees and business partners to Trace International events in Beijing, Singapore, Hong Kong and London. 

Compliance in Mining: This mining industry initiative seeks to create a standardized approach to performing due diligence and developing and implementing codes of ethics and anti-corruption policies, among other activities, across the mining industry. It started with European mining companies and is looking to expand into Latin America and elsewhere. As participants in the initiative, we’ve offered to organize a panel on ethics at the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference, the world’s premier mining conference, in 2019.


Human rights and worker welfare

As signatories to the UN Global Compact, we’re committed to ensuring that our business policies incorporate and support its Ten Principles. Starting in late 2015 and continuing into 2017, we assessed our business practices in the Gulf Region for any issues related to modern slavery and worker welfare. In 2017, we standardized the best practices we developed in the region to ensure our Code of Ethics principles are universally upheld, wherever we work. We also deployed a training program for senior leaders in the company to raise their awareness and knowledge of this issue.