Diversity and Inclusion
ABC MA Diversity and Inclusion Resources
The ABC MA Board of Directors established a Diversity and Inclusion Task Force to look at ways in which ABC can assist members to address these important areas in their own firms, and to provide resources to that end. The task force consists of a cross section of ABC leadership, members and staff.
Through a process of thoughtful discussion over several sessions, the group established a mission to guide ABC’s efforts.
ABC will seek to help members hire and develop a diverse and talented workforce and create an inclusive, respectful, welcoming and safe work environment.
ABC will focus on two primary areas in which to provide recommendations for action to the ABC Board of Directors: (1) Pre-apprenticeship programs and (2) Education for ABC members and their employees on diversity and inclusion.
We believe in the right of all individuals to live, work and achieve happiness and success in their lives and careers free from discrimination and harassment.
We will seek to help our members hire and develop a diverse and talented workforce and create an inclusive, respectful, welcoming and safe work environment.
We define diversity and inclusion broadly, to include race, color, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, and membership or non-membership in any particular organization.
Based on the consensus of the Task Force members, we will focus on two primary areas in which to provide recommendations for action to the ABC Board of Directors: (1) Pre-apprenticeship programs aimed at developing a more diverse and inclusive future workforce pipeline for members; and (2) Education for ABC members and their employees on diversity and inclusion and what it means for both the companies and their employees, including information and resources.
ABC Massachusetts hosted its first webinar titled Diversity and Inclusion Resources for ABC Members that was designed to assist ABC members with Diversity and Inclusion within their own organizations by sharing resources and insights from the ABC Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. The archived recording of that webinar can be found here.
ABC National Resources
Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC helps its diverse members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, and profitably for the betterment of the communities they work within.
How does ABC National Define Inclusion, Diversity and Equity?
Inclusion: To value and leverage differences to achieve superior results
Diversity: Variety of abilities, skills, experiences, and cultural backgrounds in all stakeholders
Equity: The quality of being fair and impartial and giving everyone opportunities
ABC National Inlcusion, Diversity and Equity Program
Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Video (YouTube)
Tableau of Organizations Providing Workforce Assistance
The interactive tableau/map will be an ongoing member resource to highlight and geographically show organizations ABC has identified that can provide assistance to members with their workforce needs as they relate to diversity and inclusion, and in general. The career centers now included in the tableau provide a wide range of services. Members can access detailed info. through their websites, and links will appear when the curser is placed on a career center. The tableau will be updated as ABC identifies additional organizations that can assist members.
ABC MA, through its Building Mass Careers initiative, is committed to assisting members with a pipeline of individuals seeking careers in construction. Graduates of the pre-apprenticeship program have completed core construction training along with OSHA 10-hour training and orientation to the construction environment and contractor needs and expectations. For information on graduates of our most recent pre-apprenticeship program, done in partnership with the Metro North Regional Employment Board, please contact Steve Sullivan at [email protected] or at 781-273-0123, ext. 1117.