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Sustainability

Building Better Together

 

We’re working to meet the urgent need for sustainable, resilient infrastructure. With a strong commitment to sustainability — supporting our clients in meeting ambitious environmental goals and acting responsibly in every aspect of our business — we seek to both realize and catalyze positive change. Along with our partners and clients, we’re helping to build thriving communities and support the transition to a decarbonized economy.

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Sustainability Focus
Areas

Supporting Communities

People, Environment, Communities &
Governance and Ethics

Aecon & Global Goals
 

Sustainable Development Goals

Aecon supports the United Nations'
Development Goals

Sustainability Publications
 

Sustainability Publications

 Since 2019 Aecon has produced a progress
review of its sustainability efforts

2019 Sustainability Report
2020 Sustainability Report

Managing our
Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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In April 2021, Aecon proudly announced that we set a target to reach net-zero (scopes 1, 2 & 3) by 2050, with an initial interim target to achieve a 30 per cent reduction in direct CO2 emissions (scopes 1 and 2) by 2030 as compared to 2020.
Explore our GHG Reduction Strategy

Sustainability
Focus Areas


To determine our sustainability focus areas, Aecon conducted a research-based materiality assessment in 2020. This assessment included three main phases - a series of conversations with institutional investors; a review of financially material topics in the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Engineering & Construction Services standard; and a benchmarking exercise of 12 peer companies to determine the most material issues for our organization.
Through this process, we identified the following topics that are material in the context of setting sustainability priorities.

People

  • Health & Safety
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Career Opportunities
  • Employee Engagement
  • Corporate Citizenship & Volunteerism

Social

  • Community Investment
  • Indigenous Relations

Environment

  • Climate Change
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Construction Waste
  • Sustainable Infrastructure - Projects
  • Environmental Management & Biodiversity

Governance & Ethics

  • Integrity and Transparency
  • Risk Management
  • Board Composition
  • Shareholder/Stakeholder Engagement
  • Responsible Supply Chain
  • Financial Performance
 

We report our ESG performance across these focus areas in our annual Sustainability Report.

Our Stakeholders

In addition to this approach to our materiality assessment, we continuously engage with our stakeholder groups in a range of ways — from staff surveys and focus groups to quarterly earnings conference calls with shareholders. Our engagement with investors continues to be guided by our Stakeholder Engagement Policy.

Read more about how we engage with each of our stakeholder groups on page 14 of our 2020 Sustainability Report.

Aecon Stakeholders: Clients, Employees, Investors, Trades, Suppliers, Joint Ventures, Communities

Aecon & Global Goals

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To guide global efforts toward sustainable development, the United Nations has articulated 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Given the complexity of today’s social, economic and environmental challenges, actors across society - governments, nonprofits, businesses and civil society organizations - all have an important role to play in advancing these goals.

Aecon embraces our responsibility to contribute to a more prosperous and sustainable future. We track our contributions to the five SDGs and 11 targets where we believe we can have the greatest impact given the nature of our work and our priorities as an organization.
 

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Gender Equality

 
Aecon continuously invests in the inclusion of women in our organization and industry.
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Affordable and Clean Energy

 
We support leading utility clients in delivering affordable, clean energy.
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Decent Work and Economic Growth

 
We’re active in supporting decent work and new opportunities for our employees.
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Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

 
Part of Aecon’s core business is building airport, bridge and maritime infrastructure in areas where the demand for local, regional or international transportation services has exceeded the capacity or expansion capability necessary to accommodate current traffic.
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Sustainable Cities and Communities

 
Aecon delivers diverse infrastructure to support urban sustainability. We’re currently at work on one Light Rail Transit project in Montreal, two LRTs in Toronto and a Bus Rapid Transit project in nearby York Region.
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Conserve and Sustainably Use the Oceans, Seas and Marine Resources

 
The Bermuda International Airport has designed controls to avoid continuous discharges from the project into the marine environment, so no stormwater is discharged on the surrounding environment on a regular basis from the New Terminal or Apron 7.
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Partnerships for the Goals

 
Aecon has a strong record of respectful, mutually beneficial joint ventures with Indigenous communities. We’re also active participants in the movement for community benefits.
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People

 

As Aecon works to deliver complex projects across Canada and beyond, people are at the heart of every decision we make. Our project results and business success rely on the skills and teamwork of our employees and partners - from those working to deliver airports and big-city transit projects to those working at remote energy development sites.

Our people initiatives include health & safety, diversity & inclusion, career opportunities, employee engagement, and corporate citizenship & volunteerism.

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Environment

 

Meeting today’s environmental challenges demands ingenuity and adaptation from across society. As one of Canada’s leading builders, Aecon is committed to driving positive environmental change, including by supporting the decarbonization of our economy. As we deliver complex projects across Canada and internationally, we work to measure and mitigate the environmental impacts of our own equipment, facilities, and processes.  

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Governance & Ethics

Governance & Ethics

 

Aecon has a record of upholding high standards of governance, ethics, compliance and risk management. We have taken proactive steps to strengthen our performance and accountability in a number of areas, including through anti-corruption training and new risk management mechanisms.

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Social

 

Aecon has a strong tradition of philanthropic activity across many causes. One of our goals for 2020 was to deepen the impact of our giving by focusing it in a small number of areas closely linked to our priorities as an organization.

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Feedback

Aecon welcomes all feedback and innovative ideas on our sustainability initiatives and progress. Send us a message at sustainability@aecon.com.

Contact our Sustainability Team

Yonni Fushman

Yonni Fushman 
EVP, Chief Legal Officer & Chief Sustainability Officer
(416) 297-2617
sustainability@aecon.com

Prabh Banga

Prabh Banga 
Director, Sustainability
(416) 639-7402
sustainability@aecon.com