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.” Media Contact: JIM SUHR | +1 913-458-6995P | +1 314-422-6927M | SuhrJ@bv.com 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. Related Insights Energy as a Service: Power Without the ‘Plant’ When ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft began disrupting the taxi business a decade ago, taxi operators scoffed and said consumers weren’t ready for such a radical approach to their entrenched business model. Finding the Right Power Generation Mix As ratepayers continue to seek more renewable energy integration, the electric industry is struggling to create the optimal mix of fuels that will economically meet sustainability goals. Boosted by a slew of factors – including decreasing costs, advancing technologies, new carbon-reduction policies, consumer pressure and regulatory support – renewables show no sign of slowing down. But their ability to provide reliable, consistent baseload power remains firmly in doubt because of the inherent intermittency of wind and solar photovoltaic. When Water is the Product, How Do We Afford Sustainability? Regardless of industry or product, the effective use of water carries huge weight for plant operators and other decision-makers who must pit emerging social calls for sustainability against the money on hand to make it happen. Global Renewables: From Utah to the United Nations, Renewables Power Up From C-suites and state capitals to international governments and the United Nations, leaders of the world’s most influential economies are codifying the role of renewables in an increasingly sustainable power generation mix. On the government side, leaders in China, Europe and elsewhere are on a growing list of American states in setting ambitious renewable portfolio standards (RPS) targets. Renewables Surge, Changing Policies Expected to Drive Investment in Transmission Surging growth in renewables and efforts to increase resilience will drive millions of dollars in new transmission investment over the next five years, according to Black & Veatch’s 2019 Strategic Directions: Electric Report survey. Survey results found that 37 percent of respondents see renewables as the top driver in new investment, followed by resilience and reliability (28 percent).