Diversity, Equity & Inclusion | Black & Veatch
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Seeing Equals

We believe creating and sustaining a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable work environment begins with a pledge to view and treat each other as equal. Equal in our responsibility to uphold our core values. Equal in our dedication to the industries and communities in which we operate. Equal in our determination to make a difference.

Seeing Equals Listening

To see racial and ethnic diversity is to understand that each of us have a story to tell. A story of pride in the challenges you’ve met, and of a determination to be defined by who you are, not what you’ve overcome. To experience other cultures and learn your histories is to recognize our obligation to the people who sacrificed to make your way easier, and to understand why we celebrate that sacrifice.

Seeing Equals Respect

To see a woman is to respect her strength, and the strength of her commitments… to her family, her community, and her career. To see her is to respect her capacity for responsibility, and to acknowledge that her ambition is founded on a desire to create change. Seeing her means understanding that she doesn’t want to be indulged or feared… only treated as an equal in every meaningful way.

Seeing Equals Acknowledging

To see our LGBTQ community is to acknowledge their authentic selves. That just like some of us are taller and some are shorter, your identity is not a choice. We understand that just by seeing you, we’ve made a contribution to your optimism. Because to see you is to acknowledge your right to live in peace, to love freely, and to be proud.

Seeing Equals Understanding

To see our disabled professionals is to re-think our own assumptions of what can and can’t be done. To understand, accept, and normalize our differences, and to overcome our own fears of asking questions, or even starting a conversation. To see you is to acknowledge your determination to make an impact, and to understand that while you may achieve differently, you refuse to put limits on your potential. 

Employee Resource Groups

It can be hard to jump into a large company full of so many different people. To help ease the transition and provide a positive work environment during your tenure, Black & Veatch offers several Employee Resource Groups. ERGs assemble people with similar backgrounds and stories to promote cultural awareness and engagement, provide mentoring and social opportunities, and help you find the best way you can contribute to our strategy and mission. And they have a lot of fun!

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Seeing Equals Contributing

"Black & Veatch has done an admirable job with nourishing and encouraging a Diverse, Inclusive, and Equitable organization. The most noticeable area of DEI that I have observed is Demographic and Educational Level Diversity. I did not travel the traditional path of education; after high school I went directly into industrial construction and then furthered my education in the U.S. Marine Corps. I have seen a deliberate push to get more professionals with a ‘Construction background’ rather than solely making personnel and leadership appointments based on traditional education. Black & Veatch is on a great path of creating a truly diverse company and allows someone like me, a disabled veteran of Mexican decent, who has received education in an unconventional way; the opportunity to be a part of something great and pay it forward to future generations of BV professionals."

John Chacon Global Business Excellence and Innovation Leader, Business Excellence

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Seeing Equals

We care about each other, our differences are respected, and we are valued; our diverse voices are heard; our physical and emotional well-being and career development are prioritized.

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