Second Annual Construction Inclusion Week: October 17-21, 2022
Awareness of the tangible business benefits of effective diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices is driving change in the construction industry. In the past, such efforts were considered, at best, “the right thing to do”. Today, leading industry companies and trade associations identify DEI as a key solution for recruiting and retaining the workers and customers businesses need to succeed.
In 2021, six of the nation’s top general contractors created the Time for Change Consortium and sponsored the first Construction Inclusion Week. According to the founding members of Time for Change, Construction Inclusion Week aimed to demonstrate “how a united industry can collectively set expectations for behaviors that champion inclusion and enable everyone to reach their full potential. and “deepen connections with colleagues, customers and communities”.
The Consortium deemed last year’s events successful and set October 17-21, 2022 as the second annual Construction Inclusion Week.
According to organizers, this second week of construction inclusion aims to amplify “awareness while celebrating diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) across the industry to spearhead change” . The Week’s activities will provide educational and business resources to all levels of the industry, including “office crews, craft and jobsite crews and industry affiliates”. There will be livestreamed content, facilitation tools and other resources.
Additionally, this year Construction Inclusion Week will include the introduction of a “DEI Maturity Assessment” to help participating companies create a baseline against which to measure their progress.
Each of the five days of the second annual Construction Inclusion Week will have its own theme:
- Commitment and responsibility
- Supplier diversity
- Workplace culture
- Community involvement
Participating companies will receive materials and resources to help them introduce DEI concepts to jobsites, crews and companies.
As of September 15, more than 2,000 organizations have registered to participate. These organizations include contractors, architectural firms, owners/clients, colleges and universities, and municipalities. According to sponsors, approximately 75% of enrollees are majority owned and approximately 25% are certified diverse vendors.
Events like Construction Inclusion Week are important. They help set expectations and establish benchmarks for productive activities. They create opportunities for businesses in the industry to learn from each other and create alliances for future business success. Perhaps most importantly, the fact that Construction Inclusion Week is sponsored by some of the industry’s leading companies shows that DEI is critical to the future of the industry. Additionally, Associate Builders and Contractors (ABC) and the Association of General Contractors (AGC) are “Industry Partners” of Construction Inclusion Week.
Consortium member companies recognize that the culture of the construction industry must become more inclusive to effectively attract, retain and develop top talent – regardless of race, gender or any other personal characteristic – and lead the future. Of the industry.
For more information on the next week of inclusion in construction, go to www.constructioninclusionweek.com.
Please contact a Jackson Lewis attorney for more information on DEI practices.