LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CH2M HILL is celebrating Employee Ownership Day 2014 today, with colleagues in the London, Swindon, Glasgow, Bristol and Warrington offices all holding events to highlight the benefits of being an employee-owned company. CH2M HILL's regional offices across the UK saw various giveaways to employees and events held to provide colleagues the opportunity to find out more about how to become a company shareholder.
Set up last year by the Employee Ownership Association (EOA), the day aims to raise awareness of the benefits of being employee-owned for employees and the wider business community. Recent research from the EOA outlines that people who work at employee-owned companies are more collaborative, entrepreneurial and committed to success, which has consequently seen a rise of over 10 per cent in the UK of businesses adopting employee-ownership models.
Being employee-owned also means CH2M HILL is employee-controlled and many employees actively participate in the internal stock market. This ownership model provides CH2M HILL the financial independence to invest in long-term innovations and assume financial risk involved with alternative project delivery approaches like integrated engineer-procure-construct and performance-based contracts.
Commenting on the importance of EO Day, Director of European Corporate Affairs, Jonathan Refoy, said: "CH2M HILL is proud to be an employee-owned company and we are pleased to be joining the many employee-owned businesses in the UK in marking this important day. This business model not only benefits our employees, with the ability to own a stake in the company, but is also a great boost for the wider economy; providing businesses with greater flexibility and resilience in difficult economic conditions. We have been encouraged to see the increased commitment from Government over the past 12 months in providing incentives for more companies to adopt the employee-ownership model and hope this increasing trend continues. Today in offices across the UK, CH2M HILL will be celebrating EO Day; recognising our ownership programme is integral not only to how we operate but also to our company culture."
Employee-owned CH2M HILL is one of the world’s leading consulting, design, design-build, operations, and programme management companies serving government, civil, industrial and energy clients, employing over 30,000 people worldwide. Our work is concentrated in the areas of water, transportation, environmental, energy, facilities and resources.
CH2M HILL has operated in the UK for over 20 years. Its European headquarters are in London and it employs over 3,400 people in the UK. CH2M HILL is working on some of the most iconic infrastructure programmes including High Speed 2, Thames Tideway Tunnels, the decommissioning of Dounreay and was one of the leading partners in CLM, Delivery Partner to the ODA for the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games.
CH2M HILL is an active member of Business in the Community and the Employee Ownership Association.