Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

Our goal is to change the construction industry to be more diverse, be inclusive of everyone, and give equal opportunity to all individuals to excel in their careers. We have not yet achieved our fullest potential as a company that truly positions people of all disciplines and backgrounds to succeed, but we are working on that goal and looking for talented individuals to get us there.
Equality is a key element of our trust culture at Clark.   Being sincere in creating a culture of equality isn’t just the right thing to do, it is also the smart thing.  Diverse companies are more innovative and better positioned to succeed.  We strive to create a caring workplace that reflects the communities we serve.   We value an environment where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to work.

This statement outlines our intention around DEI initiatives.  Our mission, We Build on a Foundation of Trust, and our Core Values of Competence, Reliability, Sincerity, and Care help us to bring the statement to fruition daily.  Construction companies located in the Midwest face some interesting challenges related to bias and the perspectives of society along with limitations to the availability of a diverse workforce.  Diversity matters, and in our perspective Inclusion matters even more.  Together, we are building a workplace that is safe and welcoming for everyone.  We welcome diversity of race, gender, ability, and thought.

JEDI Committee

Our JEDI committee meets on a monthly basis to strategize inclusion and diversity initiatives for internal and external activities. This core group’s goal is to increase company awareness of the importance of having a diverse workforce and how that makes our company better as a whole.
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Clark’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Women in Construction

There is a significant shortage of women in construction, statistically only 9% of the employee pool. We are dedicated to fostering leadership and recruiting women at Clark because it is proven that female-led companies consistently outperform companies with predominately male leadership.

We have a Women @ Work internal group that meets monthly to empower and cultivate leadership within our company.

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Our Women @ Work group.

A More Diverse Workforce

Having a diverse workplace is NOT about checking a box. Companies with a diverse workforce statistically have more engaged and happier employees. Teams with diversity also have improved critical decision making and innovative ideas.

At Clark, we value NEW IDEAS and CULTURAL DIFFERENCES above sameness and status quo.

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Other Initiatives

Clark participates in the Paradigm for Parity® initiative. We are working towards their 5-Point Action Plan to minimize or eliminate unconscious bias, as well as significantly increase the number of women in senior operating roles. 
Our firm is currently seeking the Equal Pay Certification which we hope to achieve by 2022.
At Clark, we are prepared and took the pledge to take steps towards creating a diverse, safe, welcoming, and inclusive construction industry. We encourage all of our colleagues to take the pledge today: https://buildculture.org

Business Case for Diversity

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