How we work

At Balfour Beatty Investments, we pride ourselves on being an ethical company that operates with safety, sustainability and our core values behind every decision that we make.

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We’re committed to achieving Zero Harm across our businesses. Only by setting the highest standards for ourselves will we be able to retain the trust of our customers and the people using our infrastructure.  


Zero Harm means:

  • Zero fatalities
  • Zero permanently disabling injuries
  • Each operating company aims for zero accidents and injuries 


Zero Harm means delivering on the following shared commitments:

  • Eliminating fatal risks:  all our businesses will identify fatal risks and establish Zero Harm design, management and behavioural protocols to eliminate them
  • Eliminating hazards:  all our businesses will identify and plan out hazards in all activities they undertake
  • Maintaining Zero Harm day to day:  all our businesses will establish and maintain management, monitoring, review, audit and assurance systems geared for Zero Harm
  • Keeping the public safe from harm:  all our businesses will manage and maintain Zero Harm levels of separation, security, monitoring and stewardship to safeguard members of the public from exposure to our hazards
  • Keeping all our people healthy: all our businesses will conduct health checks and health risk assessments to ensure there is no long-term harm to health from working in our business
  • Working with our customers: all our businesses will enlist the support and co-operation of customers to achieve Zero Harm
  • Making safety personal:  all our people will make safety a personal commitment



We have launched a set of ten Global Safety Principles. They apply to:

  • All Balfour Beatty employees
  • Employees of affiliated joint venture companies where Balfour Beatty has a controlling interest or has the agreement of our joint venture partner to employ these Global Safety Principles
  • Subcontractor/supplier personnel working on locations controlled by Balfour Beatty

Our business units must strive towards reaching the intent of the principles in all situations. When circumstances are such that a task cannot be performed without violating the intent of a principle, no Balfour Beatty employee should start or continue with the task.


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Balfour Beatty Investments has a robust sustainability and innovation approach that creates shareholder value by identifying new opportunities and managing risks on economic, environmental and social developments. With some of the world’s most progressive sustainable projects, our approach provides leading-edge global practices that maximize profitability for our partners.


Ultimately our goal remains to be one where we promote and invest in infrastructure assets that are sustainable through their design, build and how they are used. We consider lifecycle and maintenance issues right at the beginning to ensure that our assets are sustainable not just at the beginning but for the foreseeable future.


Balfour Beatty participates annually in the Carbon Disclosure Project and ranks among the top companies globally within the built environment sector. We display high levels of competence in addressing global industry challenges, while creating jobs and improving economies within the communities we serve. Key areas of expertise include:

  • Strategy: integrating long-term economic, environmental and social aspects in our business strategies while maintaining global competitiveness and solid brand reputation from over 100 years in business
  • Financial: meeting shareholders’ demands for sound financial returns, long-term economic growth, open communication and transparent financial accounting
  • Governance and stakeholder: setting the highest standards of corporate governance and stakeholder engagement, including corporate codes of conduct and public reporting
  • Our people: keeping project sites safe and managing human resources to maintain workforce capabilities and employee satisfaction through best-in-class learning and knowledge management practices
  • Environmental: complying with regulatory requirements, deploying renewable technologies, and protecting the environment are integral components of all our projects and partnerships




Balfour Beatty's values are an integral part of our working culture and set a standard in which we work. Our Code of Conduct, for employees and suppliers, and its US Supplement are rooted in these four values: integrity, teamwork, excellence and respect.



We always do what is right:

  • We are fair and open with everybody
  • We do not walk past what is wrong or unsafe
  • We keep our promises
  • We support everyone for doing the right thing



We are better together:

  • We listen to each other and share knowledge willingly
  • We willingly combine our expertise
  • We work at creating excellent relationships
  • We act as if we are part of a bigger picture



We strive to improve and exceed expectations:

  • We go the extra mile to deliver
  • We do not tolerate underperformance in ourselves or in others
  • We will not compromise on safety or quality
  • We constantly look for innovative and creative solutions



  • We care about how our actions affect others and the wider environment
  • We treat everyone equally and embrace difference
  • We encourage everyone to achieve their maximum potential
  • We appreciate the skills and abilities of others




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Our Strategic Priorities

  • Lean -- improve operational performance by increasing productivity and cash generation
  • Expert -- invest to attract, retain and develop the best employee and subcontractor talent
  • Trusted -- deliver value to customers through disciplined contracting processes
  • Safe -- continue to show leadership in safety through Zero Harm for our people, customers and communities.

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