Washington – The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) recently convened an executive Social Equity Roundtable, meeting with dozens of leaders with the goal of moving the needle on diversity, equity and inclusion in the built environment.
The late July meeting was a follow up to a December 2020 executive roundtable entitled “Improving the Workforce of the Built Environment Through Social Equity.” After the December roundtable, NIBS partnered with independent market research and consulting firm, Avenue M Group, to study the current demographics and culture of the building industry. Among the findings: 65% of respondents indicated it is important or extremely important to increase the diversity of the built environment. Other highlights: 43% of employed respondents indicated their company has a program or initiative dedicated to DEI; 28% of respondents indicated they have experienced discrimination or prejudice based on age; and 66% of respondents indicated they have experienced discrimination or prejudice based on gender (women).
NIBS will sign the PwC CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, joining 2,000 CEOs who have signed the pledge. The pledge aims to cultivate trusting workplaces that can have complex, and sometimes difficult, conversations; implement and/or expand unconscious bias education; and share best, and unsuccessful, practices.
NIBS will also compile and share best practices with industry leaders who participated in the roundtable. The goal is to have all building industry organizations commit to the CEO Action Pledge and other recommended steps, including committing to building a diverse leadership team and promoting members, by the end of September.