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HCMA is first B.C. architecture firm to become JUST

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

HCMA Architecture + Design is the first architecture firm in B.C. to become JUST. JUST is a label that organizations from all industries can adopt to review themselves against ‘socially good’ and ‘socially just’ criteria.

Developed by the Living Future Institute, it is a platform for organizations to be transparent about their practices, policies and employees. The process is self-reflective, requiring companies to rate themselves based on diversity, equity, safety, worker benefits, local benefits and stewardship. JUST gives clear benchmarks for social progression, improves organizational focus and gives clients and collaborators further insight into firms.

The JUST program is a voluntary disclosure tool for organizations. It is a transparency platform for organizations to disclose their operations, including how they treat their employees and where they make financial and community investments. JUST is a nutrition label for socially just and equitable organizations.

“In a relatively short time frame since program launch, the JUST Program has garnered worldwide interest and has helped organizations develop better employee engagement policies and community stewardship practices. The International Living Future Institute is very pleased to announce that HCMA Architecture + Design has earned the distinction of being the first JUST labeled architecture firm in the province of British Columbia. The JUST Label is reflective of HCMA’s long standing commitment to sustainable design and the role that social equity plays in truly sustainable organizations,” said Francis Janes, JUST program manager, International Living Future Institute.

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