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Q&A Jun 15, 2022

Rise Up for BeyondZero: A Q&A with Joanne Caruso

In this Q&A, we connected with Chief Legal & Administrative Officer Joanne Caruso in celebration of our BeyondZero program’s 15-year anniversary.

Q&A with Joanne Caruso Jacobs Chief Legal and Administrative Officer

BeyondZero??is our approach to the health, safety and security of our people, the protection of the environment and the resilience of Jacobs. BeyondZero?is so much more than a typical safety program. It’s helped us?recognize and emphasize our whole selves, clearing the way for safety that?encompasses the physical and emotional alongside the courage to raise our?hands, speak up and stand down to create our Culture of Caring.

This year, BeyondZero is marking the 15-year anniversary of its launch – creating an opportunity for each?of us to make an immediate and enduring commitment to contribute to our?culture of work that’s healthy, safe and secure for our people and our planet.?

In celebration, we’re talking with some of the team members leading the efforts to extend BeyondZero beyond where we work and into our daily lives, so we’re able to create a?safer and healthier future for our families and our communities.

In this feature, we’re talking with Joanne Caruso, who is our Chief Legal & Administrative Officer and BeyondZero executive sponsor.

Hi, Joanne. You’re one of the sponsors of BeyondZero. What does BeyondZero mean to you?

BeyondZero is about action, a way of thinking, doing and behaving, so that in all we do we are contributing to the safety, security and wellbeing of ourselves, each other, our communities and the environment.

How do you see BeyondZero supporting our strategy to boldly move the company forward?

Being and feeling safe, both physically and mentally, is a critical foundation for all of us to be able to perform at the highest levels.??? If we can ensure that then we will all be more innovative, inclusive and productive – all things needed for Jacobs, and any company to achieve our strategy and move boldly forward.

What makes you most proud about our progress over the last 15 years?

BeyondZero has become part of our DNA; the way that BeyondZero has expanded and now encompasses so much more than physical safety to be a comprehensive Culture of Caring is not only unique but has truly improved lives and the way we operate and has been an instrumental factor in our success.? ??

How does BeyondZero influence your day-to-day actions as a leader?

BeyondZero is a big influence in my day-to-day actions. I am much more aware of my physical environment, as well as other internal and external forces that may be impacting the physical and/or wellbeing of our colleagues. I also always try to reflect the values of our Culture of Caring in all my interactions.?

“BeyondZero has become part of our DNA; the way that BeyondZero has expanded and now encompasses so much more than physical safety to be a comprehensive Culture of Caring is not only unique but has truly improved lives and the way we operate and has been an instrumental factor in our success. ”

Joanne Caruso

Joanne Caruso

Jacobs Chief Legal & Administrative Officer

At Jacobs, we start each meeting with a “Culture of Caring moment,” expanding traditional safety moments to encompass more tenets of Jacobs’ culture such as mental health, emotional wellbeing, professional development and inclusion and diversity. Can you share a Culture of Caring moment that’s stuck with you?

There are so many that have been terrific. One that was recent that I learned quite a lot from was given by my Executive Advisor Aaron Sarfati, about Passover, and its background, importance and why and how its celebrated along with pictures of his celebration with his family and relatives.?

What’s one outcome you hope employees take away from the Rise Up for BeyondZero movement?

That their physical and emotional safety and total wellbeing is important to Jacobs and that it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that we continue to ensure this is at the heart of who we are as a company.

What does the future of BeyondZero look like?

I think it will continue to be a fundamental part of this company and our people but will grow even stronger and adapt to our changing company, the changing world and all the changes that each of us will experience, personally and collectively, as a result.??

What do you enjoy most about being part of #OurJacobs?

The amazing people that work here, the clients we serve and being part of something so much bigger than myself that is a force for positive change.

About the interviewee

Joanne Caruso

Joanne Caruso is Jacobs’ Chief Legal and Administrative Officer, based in Dallas. Joanne is one of the global executive sponsors for our Prism employee network group. She has been with Jacobs for over 10 years. When she’s not working she loves to spend time with her family (husband and two daughters), read, play, listen to music and run.?