The World is Diverse and So Are We
Striving to Provide a True Path Towards Equal Opportunity
Clayco is always striving to provide equal opportunity to ALL people and all qualified small business suppliers and contractors in all areas where we conduct business. Providing opportunities for people and disadvantaged as well as minority and women owned businesses is a standard method of operation throughout all levels of the Clayco organization.
Clayco has established a long-term mentoring relationship with several disadvantaged firms, assisting them on providing services with quality and professionalism. We plan to continue to provide mentoring services and encourage the growth of the local subcontractor and vendor base.
In meeting Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise (MBE/WBE) goals, we ensure that we provide “right sized” bid packages that allow for MBE/WBE success. In addition, we actively search the local market to ensure we get the best MBE/WBE firms involved in our project.
In 2015, Clayco established its Office of Government and Community Affairs and hired Sandra Marks as Senior Vice President responsible for external areas of outreach to government and community, alignment of community resources, and impactful improvement of the design and construction industry. Sandra Marks has a long history of outreach to the minority/women community, understands the capabilities of the MWBE firms as well as how our team can supplement them to allow them to be successful and enhance their capabilities for future pursuits. To hear more about our success stories or if you are a M/WBE firm, contact Sandra Marks.
“For Clayco, how much we spend with MBE or WBE firms, or how many minorities and females we hire, is not the end, it is just the beginning.”
Vice President, Office of Government and Community Affair, Clayco
We understand that people do business with people they know, like, and trust. Clayco Connects is Clayco’s relationship-building initiative bringing together the executive leadership of Clayco, its strategic subcontractors, and numerous minority construction firms to engage in long-term knowledge transfer, capacity building and strategic partnerships. Clayco subject matter experts meet regularly with the program’s participants in large and small groups to help these firms expand their business footprint, encourage greater collaboration among primes and other MBE/WBEs, build relationships across the construction industry, broaden the industry’s diverse leadership pipeline, take on larger roles in the community and participate in workforce development.
Clayco’s Field Focus program creates a jobsite culture on all of our projects that supports the training, retention, investment, and promotion of all field team workers with special emphasis on the growth and development of minorities and women who will become the leaders in their respective trades and communities. We are developing an innovative approach to jobsite mentoring that recognizes that “one-size doesn’t fit all” when it comes to the recruitment, hiring, training, and promotion of individuals within our industry. Teaming Clayco field leadership and the field leadership of our subcontractors with individuals entering the trades will help remove the barriers that often exist when relationships are underdeveloped or non-existent.
Our inclusion goal at Clayco is to make an impactful improvement in the design and construction industry, locally and nationwide. This starts in the early years of education. To further engage our youth, Clayco provides internship opportunities to college students each year to offer learning opportunities in our field.