Construction giant signs workplace D&I pledge

CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion encourages organisations to collaborate and share knowledge

US-based Granite Construction, one of the country’s biggest contractors, has signed a workplace D&I pledge. The firm joins a coalition of others who are committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Granite Construction signs workplace D&I pledge

Kyle Larkin, Granite’s President & CEO, has committed himself to the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion coalition, which is based on “cultivating a new type of ecosystem centered around collaboration and sharing.”

Signatories pledge to create a workplace where “diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected” and where “employees feel comfortable and encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion.”

The coalition, which includes organisations worldwide across the sectors, aims to gain further signatories and expand “the impact of this work beyond the office to communities and industries.”

An educational resource

Signatories are encouraged to discuss both successful and unsuccessful D&I actions and exchange “tangible learning opportunities” and “collaborative conversations” via the initiative’s central hub,

So far, over 1,400 actions from signatories have been shared where “companies that are not currently implementing the elements of the pledge can use it as an opportunity to learn from others that are already doing so.” In this way, the website serves as an educational platform where organisations can share and learn information and “mentor others on their journey.”

Sharing real-life D&I actions

The coalition is based upon actions as well as collaboration and provides “real-life examples of the open and transparent conversations to cultivate more diverse and inclusive workplace environments.”

One example of these ‘actions’ is from 3M Science, a UK-based network of scientists globally, and a coalition signatory who are planning to invest “$50 million over five years to address racial opportunity gaps through workforce development and STEM education initiatives.”

Larkin said: “By signing on to this commitment, Granite is putting our inclusion core value into practice and pledging to take action to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected and where employees feel encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion.”

Granite VP of Inclusive Diversity Jorge Quezada added: “We need to engage in constructive conversations about our differences. I am proud that Granite, by joining CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion, is demonstrating a commitment to creating a work environment where all employees can openly share perspectives and address challenges.”

To learn more about the pledge, please click here.
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