The engineering and construction industry tends to be a man's world, but CH2M HILL is working hard to change that.
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.
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."
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.
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."