Schimenti Participates in 3rd Annual Construction Inclusion Week


By October 16, 2023People, Practice

The third annual Construction Inclusion Week is celebrated from October 16th to 20th this year. During the week, the primary goal is to explore avenues for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the construction industry. It also provides an opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations that will contribute to the ongoing progress of our organization’s DEI journey.

Throughout the week, our team members will share their valuable insights, aligning with the daily themes outlined by the organizers.

Day 1: Commitment & Accountability

To fully realize a culture of inclusion and belonging requires both leadership commitment and accountability to ourselves and others. Neither leadership nor accountability are top-down but rather shared responsibilities that each of us regardless of role, title or position can actively demonstrate. There are lots of examples and definitions for leadership. But at its most basic level leadership is the ability to influence others towards achieving a goal.

Accountability is owning and accepting responsibility for one’s actions. When these are put in the context of diversity, equity and inclusion, it means we all have a part to play. All of us being leaders, modeling the behavior we want to see in others and influencing others towards the goal of a more inclusive society; and holding ourselves and others accountable to actions that help inspire and achieve that vision.

Day 2: Belonging

Education and understanding the implications of unconscious bias is critical to cultivating a culture of inclusion and belonging. Belonging is that sense you get that you are a valued member of a community. When people feel that they are part of a community, they feel a sense of purpose.

Day 3: Supplier Diversity

What is supplier diversity and why is it important? Supplier diversity is a business practice that refers to the inclusion of businesses owned by diverse individuals or groups in the procurement of goods and services. A diverse supplier (xBE) is generally defined as a business that’s at least 51% owned and operated by an individual that’s part of a traditionally underrepresented or underserved group. Common classifications are minority-owned business enterprises (MBEs), woman-owned business enterprises (WBEs), and small-business enterprises (SBEs). Businesses owned by other minority groups, such as LGBTQ+, veterans, and persons with disabilities, may also be considered diverse suppliers.

Day 4: Workplace Culture

Establishing and maintaining a positive workplace culture means that everyone gets to experience a workplace that is inclusive and respectful. We know what a good team environment feels like. We also know that a good culture leads to a safer and more productive job, one that provides higher value to our client and allows each and every worker to perform their best work.

Day 5: Community Engagement

Community engagement, through volunteering and financial donations, is embedded in most companies in our industry. History has shown us we are an enormously generous group of people. As we continue to advance our efforts to create a more diverse and inclusive environment, it is important to step back and look at our community engagement through a DEI lens. Are we supporting diverse communities in meaningful ways? Is there open dialogue between our companies and community leaders? Are we leveraging the resources of our industry to create real social change?

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