In 2017, OBG had multiple Client Appreciation Events to celebrate its clients and partners across the country. In addition, people were recognized through OBG’s Client Service Award Program, which provides clients an opportunity to recognize employees for excellent service.
Corporate Social Responsibility
PEOPLE CREATING A BETTER FUTURE
To support OBG’s mission of People creating a better future by making a difference each day, the Company continually strengthens its efforts of improving natural and built environments. In 2017, OBG’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program continued to build and enhance its alignment with the Company’s mission, vision, and values through thought leadership and innovation, focusing on its five pillars—STEM education; safety, health and wellness; community infrastructure and resilience; environmental stewardship; and philanthropic endeavors aligned with OBG clients.
OBG, together with its people, contributed more than a quarter million dollars and thousands of time and talent hours to support and strengthen communities.
As part of OBG’s CSR objective and commitment to developing and sustaining a best-in-class safety culture, the Company implemented the following safety initiatives in 2017:
A new version of OBG’s Safety Moments App added features like enhanced security and profile creation to provide safety information customized for users, at home or in the workplace. Since its original launch in 2012, the app has been downloaded more than 12,000 times.
OBG's people present more than 21,000 safety moments per year—making the Company a top performer in the industry.
The first company-wide Safety Stand Down Hour brought people and clients together for an impactful presentation from a survivor of a workplace safety incident, and launched OBG’s Stop Unsafe Work initiative.
EXCEPTIONAL EMPLOYEE AWARDS
The 16th Exceptional Employee Awards program recognized six employees who live OBG’s values, support its mission, and go above and beyond in helping the Company achieve its vision.
- Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr. Corporate Social Responsibility Award – Michael Rondinelli, East Norriton, PA
- Earl F. O’Brien Leadership Award – Samuel Crisino, East Norriton, PA
- Edwin C. Tifft, Jr. Unwavering Employee Satisfaction & Spirit Award – Jennifer Reymond, Syracuse, NY
- John R. Loveland Employee of the Year Award – Dru Baldwin, PE, West Norriton, PA
- Russell L. Sutphen Client Satisfaction Award – Daniel Gordon, EIT, Lindenhurst, NY
- Samuel W. Williams Engineering & Sustainable Financial Performance Award – Robert Ganley, PE, Syracuse, NY
OBG celebrated the contributions of its people throughout the year and during special events at each office.
DEVELOPING CAREER PATHS
OBG started an enterprise-wide talent management program to improve people engagement, people development, and career planning. This program is helping to further build an environment where OBG’s greatest assets, its people, can be actively engaged in their work and their careers.
A CULTURE OF INNOVATION
Growth and strategies for advancing OBG are cultivated and supported throughout the Company’s innovation ecosystem comprising a network of overlapping programs. Through these programs—from internally capturing ideas, advancing custom innovations, and holding an annual company-wide innovation competition, to externally sourcing open innovation and hosting SPARK Innovation Competitions at universities across the U.S.—OBG continually adapts to the future needs of stakeholders through creative thinking and successful execution.
In 2017, OBG continued to build the collective intelligence of its innovation ecosystem, encompassing all business systems and services, and enhanced the connectivity of its innovation plan to its growth strategy, thought leadership, and CSR program.
Leading with Diversity: Established an Innovation Technology Committee as a subcommittee of OBG’s Board of Directors that strategically drives innovation across the Company and represents varying expertise from across the Company.
Creative Collaborations: Held two SPARK Innovation Competitions, connecting the innovative ideas of students with the Company’s thought leaders and academic and industry partners.
SPARK competitions were held in New York and Pennsylvania with national universities and collaborative client engagement from top global companies such as Ashland Global Holdings, Corning, Dow Chemical, Ikea, Kodak, National Grid, and Merck.