“Embracing inclusiveness and celebrating diversity contributes directly to our success,” Edwards said. “Research shows that companies with more diverse workforces perform better financially and are more innovative. We must reflect our clients and the world around us, because a diverse workforce enables us to bring more innovative solutions to our clients faster. More importantly, this is the right thing to do.” The CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ pledge has rallied more than 500 CEOs toward more inclusive working environments, including leaders across the retail, aerospace, technology and manufacturing spaces. CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ was collectively formed and is led by a steering committee of CEOs and leaders from Accenture, Boston Consulting Group, Deloitte US, The Executive Leadership Council, EY, General Atlantic, KPMG, New York Life, P&G and PwC. Black & Veatch has taken strong steps to foster diversity and inclusion, developing training around implicit and unconscious bias, encouraging and raising participation in Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and recently welcoming an intern class that included more women, veterans and people with disabilities and ethnic backgrounds over previous years. “Steve’s signature marks a clear commitment to shaping Black & Veatch as a work place that thrives on the talents and expertise of a global workforce brimming with different backgrounds and perspectives,” said Stephanie Hasenbos-Case, Black & Veatch’s Chief Human Resources Officer. “We have made significant strides toward our goal, but much work remains ahead. We are dedicated to creating an inclusive workplace that brings out the best of our people.” Editor's Notes Black & Veatch recently received a 100 percent score from the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index, the HRC’s benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to LGBTQ employees. Media Contact: CHRISTOPHER CLARK | 913-458-2778 p | 816-674-0572 m | firstname.lastname@example.org 24-HOUR MEDIA HOTLINE | +1 866 496 9149 0 About Black & Veatch Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building critical human infrastructure in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2018 were US$3.5 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com and in social media.