Ujamaa Construction of Chicago was recently named the 2019 Diverse Business of the Year by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America during the association’s annual convention in Denver April 1-4.
Awards to Ujamaa and others were given out during the association’s second annual Diversity & Inclusion Excellence Awards.
"These awards recognize firms that have established outstanding programs that have helped make the construction industry a more diverse, inclusive and better sector in which to work," says Eddie Stewart, the association’s president and chief executive officer of Caddell Construction in Montgomery, Alabama. “By making our industry more diverse, we can solve a lot of our workforce challenges and become a better, safer and stronger industry.”
Stewart noted that Ujamaa’s vision is to provide exceptional construction services in a socially responsible manner. The firm maintains a balance of corporate governance and social responsibility, striving to bring diversity into the work place and provide employment opportunities to the under-served.
In addition to naming Ujamaa as the Diverse Business of the Year, Stewart also announced five other winners of the Diversity & Inclusion Excellence Awards. Austin Commercial of Dallas won the Diversity & Inclusion Excellence award for a large contractor. The Diversity & Inclusion Excellence award for a mid-sized contractor went to Shoemaker Construction of West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. The Diversity & Inclusion Excellence award for a small contractor went to Central Builders of San Antonio. The Diversity and Inclusion Excellence award for a service or supply firm went to United Rentals of Stamford, Connecticut. And the Diversity & Inclusion Chapter award went to the AGC of Missouri.
A diverse panel of judges, representing all aspects of construction, evaluated the submissions based on three criteria: corporate commitment to diversity and inclusion, workforce diversity and inclusion initiatives, and subcontractor/supply chain diversity and inclusion initiatives. Stewart added that the awards program is sponsored by Willis Towers Watson, based in London.
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