Inclusion and diversity are integral to the culture at S+B James Construction. The firm itself is a certified minority owned business (MBE) and is dedicated to conducting business both internally and externally with diversity and inclusion. “We believe that having industry partners and our own team of individuals with different backgrounds, views, experience and capability working together makes us stronger and better as an organization,” says Vice President Heman Chand.
Chand sits on the board of the Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council, a significant position that helps S+B James connect with other diverse businesses. “We try to have 30 percent of our work volume go to other MBE businesses or DVBE (disabled veteran-owned) or WBE (women-owned) businesses,” he says. “We regularly track our progress to meet this goal.”
S+B James also lends a helping hand to other diverse businesses, providing expertise and resources needed to help them land a project they might not otherwise have the capacity for. “A little assistance at just the right time may be the springboard these companies need to flourish, so we provide resources to back up our commitment,” Chand says.
Internal business at S+B James, including hiring, work schedules and training, also accommodates people of all backgrounds and needs. Hiring is open to all, including those with work visas who may not find an opportunity with other companies. Work schedules can be adjusted to give women flexibility to make their careers mesh with their family lives, rather than having to make a choice between the two. Training and career advancement is open to all who are interested in pursuing growth in the business.
“We are proud to lead the way with diversity and inclusion in the construction industry.” – Heman Chand, Vice President
As S+B James Construction looks to the future, the firm strives to reach that goal of 30 percent diversity on its projects, as well as a goal of 50 percent internal employee diversity. “We are proud to lead the way with diversity and inclusion in the construction industry,” Chand says.