Our Commitment to Inclusion
Edison Foard is committed to enhancing the participation of minority-, women-owned, and small business enterprises (“MWSBEs”) and supporting their continued success. We actively partner with local and statewide organizations to build a strong, diverse, and skilled construction workforce to be involved with our projects and to contribute to economic stability and prosperity for our communities and beyond. In fact, we have exceeded MWSBE goals on more than 90% of our projects.
Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion in our Industry
Our commitment to actively participate in our community’s MWSBE initiatives has resulted in a strong record of meeting and exceeding MWSBE project goals on every single one of our projects. We actually make it a goal to double or triple the MWSBE involvement on local projects to diversify our teams and project expertise. When starting any new project, we utilize the HUB directory of all certified minority, woman, and small business enterprises, in addition to several other local MWSBE databases. We establish strong relationships with our partners and work collaboratively to learn from one another and further the reach of diversity in our industry. Our team makes it a priority to take a hands-on approach and work closely with partners to engage the HUB community from preconstruction through construction.
During our more than 83 years working within the construction industry we have focused on nurturing relationships with our peers. We treat others as we would want to be treated, and we are proud of the lasting relationships we have built. The trust we have fostered enables us to reinforce and grow the participation of MWSBEs in our projects.
We also routinely partner with Stephane Joyner of Diverse City Services (DCS), to tap into her extensive knowledge of the HUB subcontractor community. DCS is a construction consulting firm that specializes in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion outreach, programming and compliance for historically underutilized businesses (HUB) and minority, women, and small business programs. This partnership allows us to better serve MWSBEs across our industry.
Did we reduce the number of people disproportionately represented in the underserved populations?
Did we increase the number of total worker participants hired at the recommended hourly rate?
In 2019, we were awarded the prestigious ”Crowns of Enterprise Prime Contractor of the Year Award” sponsored by the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. This award is presented to a Prime Contractor that demonstrates exemplary leadership while embracing and engaging in diversity efforts.
In addition, we were awarded the “Steel Toe Boot Award” as General Contractor of the Year by the Metrolina Minority Contractor Association in conjunction with the N.C. Subcontractor’s Alliance. This award recognizes a company’s exemplary efforts and accomplishments that embrace inclusion and diversity in the construction industry.