Gannett Fleming Wins ACEC New York Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Award
Gannett Fleming was awarded the inaugural American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC New York) Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEI&B) Award during the ACEC NY 2022 Winter Conference.
“At Gannett Fleming, we build our diversity initiatives and programs around the goal of making Gannett Fleming a rewarding, equitable, and safe place to work for all,” said Gannett Fleming Chairman and CEO Bob Scaer. “Through a diverse and inclusive workforce, we create more significant equity in the communities we serve, and we are proud ACEC New York acknowledged our efforts.”
With the DEI&B Award, ACEC New York recognizes member firms “that have launched a program or initiative to attract, hire, and promote personal and professional growth opportunities for women, people of color, LGBTQ+ persons, and other underrepresented people in the engineering industry in New York.”
Gannett Fleming’s DEI&B Culture
Gannett Fleming promotes a culture where DEI&B isn’t just a matter of compliance; a strong commitment exists for employee empowerment, and all employees are encouraged to bring forth new ideas. Through this commitment, the firm has launched multiple DEI&B programs and initiatives, such as:
- A dedicated Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Steering Committee.
- Four employee resource groups centered around women, young professionals, military veterans, and the LGBTQ+ community, respectively.
- The Connected Relationships™ mentoring program, which seeks to utilize senior employees’ existing knowledge, skills, and experience and pair them with junior or less experienced employees at Gannett Fleming.
- Lift Every Voice, a video series celebrating diversity that educates employees and Gannett Fleming social media followers, building cultural awareness, allyship, open-mindedness, and a more productive and cohesive company culture.
A Quantifiable Effect on Employee Recruitment, Retention, and Engagement
Gannett Fleming currently boasts the largest number of women and minority employees in its history, and during the firm’s 2021 employee engagement survey, organized by a third party, 91% of employees said they would recommend Gannett Fleming as an employer to their family and friends.
This survey also included a section called “Individualize Engagement.” The questions in this portion of the survey ask whether respondents feel that Gannett Fleming has a culture of diversity and inclusion and if they feel diversity is respected at Gannett Fleming. The firm saw a positive increase in this section from 80% agreeability in 2018 to 86% in 2021.
About ACEC New York
Formed in 1921, ACEC New York has been a leader in promoting the engineering industry as well as creating opportunities for education, advocacy, and networking. The second-largest member organization in the National ACEC organization, ACEC New York has shown a commitment to DEI&B through their values and holding webinars throughout 2021 highlighting important aspects of DEI&B. The DEI&B Award was launched in celebration of their mission and 100th anniversary.