Impact and dependencies assessment
While Balfour Beatty states it offers Biodiversity Net Gain services, no further evidence that the company assesses its impacts on nature, including biodiversity, within its own operations could be found in the public domain. The company also does not disclose any assessment of its impacts on nature, including biodiversity, in its supply chain. Furthermore, it does not disclose any assessment of its dependencies on nature within its own operations or its upstream business relationships.
Key areas and species
Balfour Beatty does not disclose the locations that are in or adjacent to areas important for biodiversity within its own operations or the locations of its suppliers. The company does not disclose species populations existing in or adjacent to its own locations or the locations of its suppliers. The company does not has also an opportunity to disclose the status according to national and international conservation lists of species identified in its own locations.
Ecosystem conversion and restoration
Balfour Beatty has a commitment to ensure zero conversion and discloses some activities to achieve conversion-free supply chains. However, the company does not disclose time-bound targets to achieve conversion-free supply chains. The company also does not disclose a commitment to restore ecosystems nor details and outcomes of ecosystem restoration projects in areas affected by its own operations or by its suppliers.
Resource exploitation and circularity
Balfour Beatty does not disclose its inputs, including its material footprint. The company does not report quantitatively on its group-wide circularity performance. The company discloses activities to improve soil health or agrobiodiversity in its production or sourcing practices nor a target to improve soil health in its production or sourcing practices.
No evidence that the company reduces water withdrawal across the company’s own operations was found. Balfour Beatty has a strong opportunity to disclose a time-bound target to reduce water withdrawal across its own operations as well as to report how much water is withdrawn for its own operations in water-stressed areas. Furthermore, the company does not disclose its processes for managing and monitoring discharge water quality nor regularly reports on water pollution. The has an opportunity to disclose targets to reduce water pollution. Additionally, the company does not disclose a commitment to respect the right to water nor its processes for implementing preventive and corrective action plans for identified specific risks to the right to water and sanitation in its own operations.
Solid and air pollution
No evidence that the company is reducing the production of hazardous waste or reduces plastic use and waste in its own operations was found. The company does not report on air quality parameters of emissions of harmful air pollutants and has an opportunity to report time-bound targets to reduce air pollutants across the most material parts of its value chain.
Balfour Beatty does not disclose a time-bound target to reduce its scope 1 and 2 emissions. It has a strong opportunity to disclose a scope 1 and 2 emissions target aligned with a 1.5-degree trajectory was found. Similarly, the company does not disclose a time-bound target to reduce its scope 3 emissions and has an opportunity to set a scope 3 emissions target is aligned with a 1.5-degree trajectory was found.
The company has not identified any activities that could lead to the introduction of invasive alien species in its own operations.