Education and understanding the implications of unconscious bias, is critical to cultivating a culture of inclusion and belonging. It is important to recognize not all unconscious bias is bad and unconscious bias is an inherent trait of being human. Unconscious bias is the brains way of efficiently filtering and organizing information. In its simplest form it can be benign, helping us to easily decide what to have for lunch. In its most complex form it can be insidious, manifesting in reinforcing or enabling negative stereotypes. In the first example we can quickly decide on the food we like. In the latter example, this can lead to exclusionary and harmful behavior. Defining unconscious bias, recognizing how it can manifest in the workplace and engaging steps to mitigate are the building blocks to creating and maintaining a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment.
What is supplier diversity and why it is important?
Supplier diversity is a business practice that refers to the inclusion of businesses owned by diverse individuals or groups in the procurement of goods and services. A diverse supplier is generally defined as a business that’s at least 51% owned and operated by an individual that’s part of a traditionally underrepresented or underserved group. Common classifications are minority-owned business enterprises (MBEs), woman-owned business enterprises (WBEs), and small-business enterprises (SBEs). Businesses owned by other minority groups, such as LGBQT+, veterans, and persons with disabilities, may also be considered diverse suppliers.
When it comes to jobsite culture, it has to be practiced and lived daily. Everyone has to be about it and not just talk about it.
Establishing and maintaining a positive jobsite culture means that everyone gets to experience a work place that is inclusive and respectful. We know what a good jobsite culture feels like – it’s the job that everyone wants to be on because it looks and feels welcoming. We also know that a good culture leads to a safer and more productive job, one that provides higher value to our client and allows each and every worker to perform their best work.
Whether through in-person volunteering, cash donations, employee giving or
sponsorships, we are in a unique position to create positive change.
The HBCU Foundation
The HBCU Foundation is a charitable organization, whose aim is to provide scholarships, internships and career opportunities to deserving students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The HBCU Foundation’s programs and scholarships increase the likelihood that students will be accepted into college, as well as graduate, fully prepared to lead.Learn more.
Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh
Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh was launched by the MBA and the Carpenters Union in 1993 as an organization that repairs and renovates the homes of seniors, veterans, and persons with physical disabilities. The repairs are completely cost-free to the homeowners, thanks to the support and generosity of many MBA members, local building trades unions, Pittsburgh schools, and corporations looking to lend a helping hand.Learn more.
ACE Mentor Program
ACE Mentor Program helps to mentor high school students nationwide by encouraging these students to pursue careers in Architectural, Construction and Engineering. Since the program was launched in 1994, it has awarded more than 12 million dollars in scholarships and continues to be the construction industry's fastest growing high school mentor program. Learn more.
JA of Western Pennsylvania's volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs foster workforce development, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students in our community to dream big and reach their potential.Learn more.