Award recognizes company’s commitment to multicultural workforce
With offices in more than 100 countries on six continents, global infrastructure solutions leader Black & Veatch champions workplace diversity and inclusion (D&I) as a competitive strength and simply the right thing to do. And again, the 104-year-old engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) giant is being honored for that commitment. During the Mid-America Asian Culture Association’s (MAACA) yearly gala last weekend in Kansas City, Black & Veatch won the group’s “Employer Diversity Excellence Award,” given to a business that cultivates an inviting multicultural workplace and “commits to inclusion across race, gender, age, religion and identity.”
“We proudly welcome this award as it underscores the value of diversity and inclusion in fostering better decision-making, economic growth and career development,” said Stephanie Hasenbos-Case, chief human resources officer at employee-owned Black & Veatch. “By prizing varied voices and perspectives, we’re bringing out the best in our people.”
The latest award burnishes Black & Veatch’s reputation for inclusiveness. In April, Steve Edwards, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer, signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion (D&I)™ pledge. That commits participants to nurturing a trusting workplace that prizes inclusiveness, enables conversations about D&I, expands education about unconscious bias and examines both best and unsuccessful practices aimed at creating an inclusive work environment.
In July, Black & Veatch was named winner of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s “Champion of Diversity” award. The company also recently received a 100 percent score from the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index – a benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to LGBTQ employees – and has been named by Forbes as a top employer for diversity. In May, Ingram’s named Black & Veatch as one of the publication’s best companies to work for, among other things for its D&I focus.
“Black & Veatch recognizes the values of a diverse workforce by providing continuous support to culture-enrichment programs such as the Asian Cultural Festival and the Asian Business Summit,” said Carol Wei, MAACA’s chairperson who also serves as the Mid-America International Trade Business Center’s president. “It made a big difference for its employees to feel they are welcomed here.”