As we continue to celebrate and explore Diversity & Inclusion at Skanska this week, we are taking the time to note the difference between “checking the box” on our efforts and engaging in substantive and lasting practices that enhance our business and the value we bring to our customers.
In our increasingly expanding world, diversity and inclusion is a measure of success for us and our customers. To truly be diverse and inclusive, we must reflect our customers and the communities in which we work.
Research shows us that inclusive workplaces often result in higher collaboration and increased safety. We’ve seen this positive effect on our communities and industry by providing training and mentorship opportunities to small and M/WBE firms which gives us a greater pool of talent to work with on our projects and allows us to keep more jobs local.
We also believe diversity & inclusion can be the driving force behind innovations that are already fundamentally changing our business:
In our aspirations to be the nation’s construction and developer partner of choice, we seek to connect with the communities in which we work. Skanska strives to not only deliver world class projects but also provide opportunities for people to grow and thrive through these opportunities. Across the country, we have developed programs that are making a positive impact in communities across the U.S., including the BOOST Program and Construction Management Building Blocks, which seeks to help subcontractors develop their businesses to eventually become our trusted partners in some of our most exciting projects, and Community Advisory Teams, which work to connect communities with job opportunities in historically under-utilized neighborhoods.
At Skanska, we strive to attract a diverse group of individuals to foster innovation, promote a positive and productive workplace and, as a result, outperform for our customers. As our industry continues to evolve and customers seek cost and schedule certainty, we can meet those needs by increasing collaboration between designers and subcontractors at the beginning of the project and creating a truly inclusive environment, delivering greater value to our clients.