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CH2M Hill is a ColoradoBiz Finalist for Diversity Corp of the Year- Large Corp

Thursday, July 14, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Michelle Marek
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The engineering and construction industry tends to be a man's world, but CH2M HILL is working hard to change that.

Since the launch of its Contructing Pathways for Women Through Inclusion initiative in 2003, the percentage of women in senior leadership positions at the Englewood-based company has increased six-fold, to 18 percent. The percentage of women project managers has increased from 21 percent in 2005 to 30 percent in 2008, and women of color lead two of the company's 13 geographic regions.

CH2M HILL's efforts were recognized in 2009, when it became the first engineering and construction firm ever to win the Catalyst Award, which honors exceptional initiatives that support and advance women in business.

"One-third of our work force consists of women. We're also
challenged in our industry to hire people of color," says Faye Wilson Tate, CH2M HILL's director of Global Diversity and Inclusion. "What we do is really, really focus on attracting, developing
engaging and retaining women and people of color in our offices around the globe."

The $6.3 billion company, which offers full-service consulting, design, design-build, operations and program management, has 23,000 employees in 170 offices worldwide.

But no matter where the company is, its commitment to
inclusion, diversity and equality provides a fundamental link between all members of its far-flung work force, Tate says.

CH2M HILL's Supplier Diversity Initiative supports women-, minority- and service/disabled veteran-owned business enterprises, and its employee network groups offer opportunities for growth
and camaraderie to Latino/Hispanic, African American and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender employees, among others.

"One of the core values in CH2M HILL's culture is respect," Tate says. "We really try to walk the talk. We pride ourselves in being forward-thinking in this area. It makes for a much richer
environment and culture."

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