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WE HEAR YOU AND WE CARE
We at SNC-Lavalin understand how recent media reports of alleged past compliance violations by a handful of former employees
have made some uneasy and even apprehensive about our involvement in the Penal hospital project. We would therefore like
to take this opportunity to reassure you that we have taken serious measures to help ensure our employees have the right ethical
compass, and to reaffirm both our capability and interest in ethically delivering a world-class healthcare facility for its future patients
and their families.
HOW WE WERE CHOSEN
SNC-Lavalin is a company with a long history of delivering excellent quality infrastructure around the world. We were selected
to be on the preferred supplier list after fulfilling the criteria of the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC), who recommended us
to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. We were prequalified in a process that showed SNC-Lavalin had both the track record and
expertise to deliver the Penal healthcare and rehabilitation facility according to the technical, budgetary and schedule specifications.
A recent enhanced management review of SNC-Lavalin's ethics and compliance progress carried out by the CCC supports their
original decision and affirms that we remain the best qualified among the various companies that could have been proposed.
WHO WE ARE
We were recommended for this project because our 34,000 people in almost 100 countries have long been active in all aspects
of social development projects. We have been particularly involved in the health care sector, where for decades we have been
designing and building world-class hospitals which have modernized and improved health care systems around the world.
With major projects underway across Canada and in several other countries, we can rightfully claim to be a world leader in delivering
cutting-edge hospital infrastructure that, at the end of the day, makes the lives of the people in the communities they serve healthier
and better. We are highly motivated to use that expertise to give you, the people of Trinidad and Tobago, a fantastic hospital: one
that you can be proud of and which provides the most vulnerable segments of the population with outstanding care. We are also,
as always, committed to engaging with the local community to ensure the benefits of the project are felt as widely as possible.
At SNC-Lavalin, we consider a project to be particularly successful when it leaves a lasting positive legacy.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
You may have seen media reports about the ethics and compliance allegations we have faced. As President, I can reassure you
that there is a new management team in place that is as deeply committed as I am to moving past this unfortunate episode in our
long history. Over the past 18 months, we have put enormous resources into implementing an ethics and compliance framework,
preserving this great company's capacities, but eliminating opportunities for new issues to arise. Third-party experts are validating
our efforts to ensure that SNC-Lavalin honours its commitment to ethics excellence. We are aiming to become the global benchmark
for ethics and compliance excellence in the engineering and construction sector, and I am pleased to report that I believe that we
are very close to achieving that objective. I strongly encourage you to visit www.snclavalin.com/followus to learn more about
the initiatives we have put in place.
In closing, on behalf of all SNC-Lavalin employees, I would like to thank the people and Government of Trinidad and Tobago for their
understanding, and reassure you that we are not only the most capable engineering and construction firm for this project, but also
one which strives to have the most effective and comprehensive ethics and compliance framework. Irrespective of what decision is
taken regarding our involvement in this project, our ability to be absolutely upright and behave in the way you should expect from
the company that will deliver such an important facility should not be called into question. We are firmly focused on the future and
would be pleased to work in partnership with Trinidad and Tobago to make this project a success for all involved.
ROBERT G. CARD
President and CEO
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE CITIZENS OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO:
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