Private Sector Endorsement

CoST is supported by many prestigious private companies and associations:

Arup - "Arup is involved in many communities globally and within each of these our aim is to shape a better world. As part of our commitment to these communities we affirm the importance of Construction Sector Transparency. We are very pleased to endorse the work of CoST and its aims to remove corruption from our construction industry which saps much from the developing world. We believe that significant responsibility lies with those who have influence over the future built environment. The work of CoST goes a long way in bringing about much needed change for which Arup extend support in order to make it happen." Dr Robert Care (Chair, UK-MEA Region, Arup). 

Balfour Beatty - “As an ethical company, Balfour Beatty supports the CoST pilot programme because increased transparency in construction can only reduce the cost and raise the quality of infrastructure in developing countries", Ian Tyler (Chief Executive 2005-2012, Balfour Beatty).

 “As one of the most respected engineering, construction, and project management companies in the world, Bechtel is uncompromising in our integrity, honesty, and fairness everywhere we operate. Our industry benefits from global initiatives, such as the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST), that support national capacities to promote ethical standards and behaviour in the marketplace", Nancy Higgins (Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Bechtel).

CH2M Hill
 - "As a values driven business, the way we behave individually and as a company underpins those values. Transparency, honesty and integrity go right to the heart of the way we work in CH2M Hill, and our corporate purpose - sustaining and improving the quality of people's lives, is wholly aligned to the objectives of the CoST initiative. We are therefore proud to be able to support CoST, as well as a number of other programmes that target corruption in the construction sector", Neil Holt (Director, Ethics and Business Conduct, International Operations CH2M Hill).

European International Contractors - "EIC advocates fair and transparent competition for international construction projects followed by careful monitoring of the project implementation. We believe that CoST can make a critical contribution to advance reliable and efficient procurement practices and project delivery around the globe", Michel Démarre (Former President, European International Contractors e.V.). 

IMC Worldwide Ltd (IMC)
 - "IMC is fully committed to promoting the highest standards of ethical behaviour in all we do. We condemn corrupt and fraudulent practices and require transparency, integrity and honesty in all aspects of our work. We are therefore proud to support the CoST programme which seeks to improve transparency, accountability and value for money in publicly financed construction", Gavin English (Managing Director, IMC Worldwide).

International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC)
 - We acknowledge the challenges confronting the construction industry, especially where many forms of corruption reduce the benefits of vital infrastructure projects for communities and for society in general. FIDIC advocates zero tolerance on corruption, and promotes integrity management throughout the industry. FIDIC is therefore also pleased to support initiatives aimed at enhancing transparency, both in the private sector and the public sector. COST is a welcome addition to the array of tools developed to promote greater efficiencies and more accurate information related to publicly financed infrastructure, thereby enhancing transparency and reducing the potential for corrupt activities in the procurement, and execution of contacts. CoST is seen as complimentary to FIDIC's own initiatives such as GPIMS - a Government Procurement Integrity Management System, and FIMS - the FIDIC Integrity Management System for private sector consulting firms", Gregs Thomopulos (former President, FIDIC).

Ramboll Group
 - "In Ramboll we believe in business behaviour based on trust, integrity and professionalism. We support initiatives to promote transparency and work against corruption in all its forms. This is why we support the principles of transparency under the CoST initiative", Flemming Bligaard Pedersen (CEO, Ramboll Group).

Pick Everard - "As one of the UK's leading independent multidisciplinary practices, Pick Everard support the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative and its aims and objectives of openness in construction contracting. With our 150 year history, traditional partnership setup, client friendly approach and collaborative working mentality, it is important to us that ethical standards and practices are adhered to by the organisations with whom we work. In our work at home and overseas, we aim to nurture working arrangements based upon trust and respect, being both accountable and auditable and fully endorse CoST's initiatives to remove corruption from the construction sector", Alastair Hamilton (Partner, Pick Everard). 

 - “For more than a decade Skanska has worked hard to improve its approach to business ethics. This includes supporting global initiatives like the Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI) of the World Economic Forum and commitment to the 10th Principle of the Global Compact. It is therefore natural for us to endorse The Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST) and we look forward to CoST’s successful rollout following the two year pilot", Mats Williamson (Group Executive Vice President and Chairman of the Skanska AB Ethics Committee).

STRABAG Group - “We in STRABAG support CoST because our responsibility towards our stakeholders (customers, employees, JV-partners, subcontractors, authorities, competitors, media, civil society) includes cooperation on the basis of trust, openness, integrity and fairness”, Hans Peter Haselsteiner (CEO, STRABAG Group).

Date Published: 11 December 2013
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