To our Black & Veatch clients:
With the continued spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) impacting business operations globally, I would like to share an update with you, our clients, regarding our plans to ensure we can continue to provide services and meet your needs. Earlier this year, Black & Veatch began restrictions limiting travel for our professionals to mainland China, China Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Japan. As cases of the virus spread, we expanded our travel restrictions to additional countries such as Italy, France and Spain, while actively monitoring guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to determine additional domestic and international restrictions.
With the March 11, 2020, declaration of a global pandemic, we have again taken proactive measures to ensure the safety of our professionals and our clients, as well as help do our part in reducing the transmission of the virus. Effective March 12, 2020, we have implemented a policy that any business travel including all international travel and domestic travel requiring air travel or mass transit, is restricted. Professionals that can access work sites by car are authorized to conduct business. These restrictions apply to all routine travel, including:
- Team meetings
- Events and conferences
- Project site visits
- Routine client engagements
- Travel with an objective that can be completed by other means
As many of you are evaluating your operations, we are encouraging our professionals to work with their client counterparts within your organizations to ensure projects can be executed and work can continue. This includes discussions about onsite engagement, virtual-work opportunities, and site restrictions. At our facilities we are limiting access to offices, project and constructions sites, and group meetings. As much as is practical, we are working to stay ahead of this and truly demonstrate our safety culture by staying vigilant and encouraging our professionals to follow the recommended best practices governing office, meeting and project site hygiene as well as social distancing to reduce risk factors.
We will continue to track the information and recommendations of national and international health organizations including the WHO and CDC and adjust our plans accordingly. The health and safety of our professionals, our clients and the communities where we work is a core value, and this experience heightens our commitment to following safe work and health practices.
Thank you for your support.