At STO Building Group, we understand the importance of a collaborative team and are committed to building a more diverse and inclusive workforce in our offices, on our jobs, and in our partnerships. Over the last year, STOBG’s Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee (DISC) has continued to drive this change within our company through corporate initiatives, while individual STOBG business units developed local approaches to D&I, focused on fostering strong relationships with minority, women, and disability owned businesses in our field.
In one example, Ajax Building Company is mentoring two small, lo- cal, minority-owned firms. This program helps both companies gain hands-on experience managing a large project, which they can use to build their resumes for future project opportunities. Other STOBG companies have similar mentor relationships.
DISADVANTAGED WORKERS ALLOCATIONS
Ajax reserves 10% of workhours for individuals facing employment challenges, such as veterans receiving public assistance, individuals with criminal records, high school dropouts, and at-risk youth. To ensure this goal is achievable, Ajax helped develop a local TalentHub platform to connect disadvantaged workers with trade subcontractors seeking to hire for certain projects.
Ajax has teamed with Lively Technical Center, TEMPO, Career Source Capital Region, and the Florida Small Business Development Center to connect interested workers with trade subcontractors and offer continued education opportunities.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION COUNCIL
The LF Driscoll Diversity & Inclusion Council (DDIC) is a group of di- verse contractors, senior executives at LF Driscoll, and representatives of Chambers of Commerce, supplier and subcontractor advocate groups, and state government. Together, the council aims to drive a cultural shift within the industry by removing the traditional barriers that prevent participation and growth for diverse companies within construction. Some of the key council initiatives include:
- Targeting 100% diverse packages in the bidding process.
- Creating more first-tier package carve-outs.
- Educating owners, industry practitioners, and MWSBEs.
- Providing prequalification assistance to MWSBEs and emerging firms.
- Offering consistent predictable opportunities to diverse firms.