McDermott’s social performance strategy focuses on engaging stakeholders responsibly, minimizing disruption to communities, and contributing to sustainable social and economic development through strategic community investment, local content, and diversity.

Our operational social responsibility practices are based on four pillars:

  1. Respect people’s rights and community well-being
  2. Minimize/reduce impacts to communities and the environment
  3. Respond appropriately to concerns
  4. Promote local development
Where potential impacts to Indigenous Peoples exist, McDermott works to respect the rights of Indigenous Peoples through site-specific strategies that address meaningful engagement and development.

Social investment programs are focused on strategic community development initiatives, aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We focus our social investment on technical education and health and safety initiatives in communities where we work.

Local Development

McDermott contributes to community development by creating site-specific strategies to build local training capacity, employ local residents, and promote opportunities for local and diverse businesses in our supply chain.

Supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Promoting Local Supply Chain Opportunties

In Southeast Texas, McDermott has partnered with local stakeholders to provide information sessions on the registration and qualification process and map local business capabilities.

In Alberta, Canada, McDermott awarded a large site services subcontract to an Aboriginal-owned business and worked with the company to develop processes for further competitiveness and sustainability.

Building Training and Employment Capacity

McDermott’s “Build Up” social investment program partners with community colleges, universities, technical schools, and other public and non-profit training organizations to develop and strengthen technical capabilities with a focus on both short-term and long-term labor needs. The program leverages McDermott’s internal expertise, global experience, and available resources to “Build Up” local communities, such as:  
  • Evaluation of technical capabilities: assessment of local conditions, capacities, gaps, and relevant certification standards
  • Technical advisory services: Review of equipment, health and safety measures, curriculums, and class design
  • Leveraging resources: Support for grant applications, industry or government collaboration in funding, or supplier or subcontractor involvement
  • Donations of new or used specialty equipment or materials
  • Employability support: Sharing industry needs, career information, student outreach, or other assistance to promote industry readiness
  • Instructor competencies: Mentorship, training, workshops, or shadowing programs to build the capacity of local training instructors
  • Technology transfer: Introducing new technologies, equipment, or processes into training curriculum and programs
  • Apprenticeships: Linking students to apprenticeship, internship, or graduate programs with McDermott

Build Up Program In Action       


McDermott engaged Makerere University to place engineering students in internships at its London office, supported engineering companies to register and pre-qualify with McDermott for potential supply chain opportunities, and developed a welder training partnership with training facilities in Uganda. The Welder Training Program included workshops for local instructors and qualification to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers / American Welding Society code.


Louisiana, United States

McDermott partners with the Department of Defense Transition Assistance Program, Fort Polk military base, the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, and Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) to recruit and train military personnel for construction employment after the completion of their service. McDermott supported the development of a 16 week electrical training program at CLTCC and employs graduates on its US construction sites.

Former military veteran works as a electrical helper 2 for McDermott at the CCJV job site in Louisiana.

Soldiers and veterans from Fort Polk in Leesville, Louisiana, graduate from the electrician training program. Participants joined McDermott as part of its effort to hire veterans to work on local projects. 

Giving Back

We also give back to communities through employee giving and matching campaigns, employee-led volunteer activities, and support to non-profit organizations in communities where we live and work.

Employee-led volunteer and giving efforts take place around the world, from beach clean-ups in the United Arab Emirates to charity fundraisers in Houston, Texas.  Our efforts have included:

  • Partnering with GlobalGiving to promote connections between employees and community organizations around the world.

  • Organizing school supply drives, food drives, and holiday toy drives in the United States.

  • Sponsoring the American Heart Association’s Houston Heart Walk to raise funds for heart health and awareness.

  • Supporting charitable organizations in Mexico that promote community health and wellbeing and organizing employee volunteers to collect plastic waste for recycling/reuse.

  • Volunteering to lay a gravel path to improve safety at a local kindergarten in the Czech Republic.

  • Contributing to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund in India and matching disaster relief donations in India and Indonesia.

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