When we feel free to be ourselves, we thrive.rnrnOur commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion enables us to better anticipate our clients’ needs, understand the challenges facing the communities we serve, drive innovation that propels our industry forward and realize our purpose of delivering a better world.
To empower those in our industry to thrive, we’re focused on four key areas to drive greater equity, diversity and inclusion within AECOM and beyond.
“Our differences make AECOM better and more innovative. When we make room for each of us to be heard, when individual experiences and perspectives are shared, we create a stronger culture and better outcomes for our clients.”
– Troy Rudd, Chief Executive Officer
Building Diverse Talent
To tackle the world’s most complex challenges, we attract, hire, and develop talented people of all backgrounds, and ensure inclusivity and fairness in our sourcing, interview and hiring processes. Through our partnerships with nonprofit organizations and universities, we offer robust internships, graduate development programs and volunteer opportunities that help give underserved populations access to STEAM education.
To invest in the communities in which we work, we partnered with a local transit agency in Phoenix, Valley Metro Rail, Inc. (VMR), to develop an internship program that provided 25 students hands on experiences in planning and design.
“Investing in young people is an investment in the future and one that we at AECOM feel is very important. I’m proud we were able to introduce these students to our professions and always welcome the opportunity to give back to the Phoenix community and future designers, engineers and planners.”
– Alvin Livingstone, AVP and transit engineering manager, Phoenix, AZLearn More
To help every employee feel valued and included, we’re creating an inclusive workplace through community-building, training and family-friendly benefit policies. We conduct regular employee surveys and “real talk” discussions to understand our employees’ experiences and provide a forum for deeper understanding and empathy. Our employee resource groups create a sense of belonging and lead community outreach, and strategic mentorships promote ongoing dialogue and heightened awareness.
For PRIDE, we held a roundtable discussion with our LGBTQ+ colleagues and allies who shared their experiences.
“While I have been part of organizations where I felt being LGBTQ+ was only tolerated, AECOM celebrates the LGBTQ+ community. When you are free to come out of the shadows and be your true and whole self, your potential is limitless.”
– Wendy Lopez, SVP of business development, Dallas, TXLearn More
Our Blueprint for a Better World platform reflects our responsibility to champion equity, diversity and inclusion in our communities through pro-bono work, volunteerism, philanthropy and strategic partnerships with global nonprofit organizations like Engineers Without Borders and Water for People. We deepen our engagement with communities through our commitment to supplier diversity, providing leadership to ensure that diverse-owned businesses are supported and successful.
Our Blueprint Travel Grant program supports employees making service-based trips around the world in partnership with charitable organizations.
“Thanks to AECOM’s Blueprint Travel Grant, I was able to take part in an outreach project in Uganda — a project near and dear to my heart because I am South African by birth and Ugandan by descent. With five other AECOM employees, I joined the WeDev NPO team to help an orphanage on the remote Zinga Islands collect, analyze and purify drinking water.”
– Kevina Kakembo, candidate quantity surveyor, Gauteng, South AfricaLearn More
Thinking Without Limits
Fostering equity, diversity and inclusion can’t be done in a silo. By cultivating a workforce that more closely represents our clients and the communities we serve, we are able to better anticipate and respond to their needs. Further, we prioritize the social impact and benefits of equity, diversity and inclusion, factoring in these considerations into every project we pursue and the innovative solutions we deliver.
We partnered with a broad and diverse design team to create the new home for the L.A. Clippers.
The Inglewood Basketball & Entertainment Center (IBEC) in the Inglewood neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA supports jobs and economic revitalization, bringing millions of dollars to affordable housing, renter support and to education and youth services.Learn More
AECOM is a place with opportunity for everyone.
“We’re proud to be recognized for the work we’ve done to advance equity, diversity and inclusion, but there is still a long way to go. I am passionate about creating an environment where our people feel they belong and have the support to realize their full potential.”
– Shirley Adams, Chief Human Resources Officer
We recognize that we don’t all start from the same place because advantages and barriers exist. We aim to promote equality at AECOM, ensuring that everyone has access to the same opportunities.
We have been named one of Fortune magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” for six consecutive years, an indication that we continue to demonstrate our commitment to fostering the diversity of our people, achieve world-class safety results, infuse sustainability principles throughout the organization and give back to communities.
Our recognition by VIQTORY as a Military Friendly GOLD Employer is based on our recruiting, retention, advancement and overall commitment to veterans and military spouses. We have a long-standing commitment to supporting those who serve as well as those who have returned to civilian life, and we partner with numerous organizations that assist veterans with obtaining the support they need during and after their service.