Construction Inclusion Week: Day 1 Leadership & Accountability
By Sam Clark, CEO/President
Today marks the beginning of the first annual Construction Inclusion week and begins with the very important theme of leadership and accountability to create an environment of inclusion. Inclusion is at the very heart of our core values at Clark because we CARE about others and have empathy for our employees, partners, clients, and communities.
Inclusive Leadership Starts with YOU
To fully realize a culture of inclusion and belonging requires both leadership commitment and accountability to ourselves and others. Neither leadership nor accountability are top-down but rather shared responsibilities that each of us regardless of role, title or position can actively demonstrate. There are lots of examples and definitions for leadership, but at its most basic level leadership is the ability to influence others towards achieving a goal.
Accountability is owning and accepting responsibility for one’s actions. When these are put in the context of diversity, equity and inclusion, it means we all have a part to play. All of us being leaders, modeling the behavior we want to see in others and influencing others towards the goal of a more inclusive society; and holding ourselves and others accountable to actions that help inspire and achieve that vision.
Culture of Care Pledge
We have pledged to building a culture that is safe, welcoming and includes everyone. Through this pledge we have committed to Culture of CARE’s four founding principles:
- Commit to hire and pay based on skill and experience, regardless of ability, age, ethnicity, gender identity, nationality, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation
- Attract prospective employees, suppliers and subcontractors by creating inclusive workplaces that are free from harassment, hazing and bullying
- Retain high-performing employees by identifying and removing barriers to advancement
- Empower every individual to promote a culture of diversity and inclusion
Why Are We Making this Commitment?
We believe that everyone has the right to work in an environment that is free from harassment, hazing and bullying. This commitment applies not just to our employees, but to every individual.
Culture of CARE simply lays the foundation for what is and is not acceptable behavior on a jobsite or in an office. It is up to each of us to acknowledge that everyone adds value, deserves respect and has an opportunity to contribute to the work. Creating a Culture of CARE helps everyone feel more comfortable and confident speaking up, sharing new ideas, and working to stop harassment, hazing, bullying, threats and intimidation.
“We believe that everyone has the right to work in an environment that is free from harassment, hazing and bullying. This commitment applies not just to our employees, but to every individual.”