The BC Construction Association (BCCA), with the support of Minerva BC, has opened nominations for the 2nd annual Builders Code Champion Awards, which celebrate B.C. companies that are proactively addressing issues of the issues of equity, discrimination and harassment in B.C.’s construction sector.
The nomination process for the Builders Code Champion Awards will be open from June 4 to October 28th, 2020, featuring a new streamlined, easy-to-use, online application process and form.
Recently, there has been increased fear and anxiety caused by COVID-19 and its economic implications and this has led to increased discrimination and bias towards visible minority communities and other underrepresented groups in British Columbia.
The Champion Awards recognize companies that are taking proactive measures to increase equity, diversity and inclusion in their workplaces, while also working to eliminate discrimination, hazing, bullying and harassment. Nominated individuals and organizations must also demonstrate their commitment, leadership and action towards advancing and retaining women in their company as part of the provincial goal of achieving 10 per cent tradeswomen by 2028.
“We want to recognize the efforts of industry innovators that are creating safe and healthy environments for all on site, regardless of gender, race, religion, or ethnicity,” said Chris Atchison, president, BC Construction Association. “They serve as great examples to companies of all sizes that there are easily implemented and effective measures they can take to increase worker retention.”
The 2nd annual Builders Code Champion Awards will be judged by a panel comprised of Minerva BC, the BCCA and the Builders Code Governance Committee, with the celebration event tentatively scheduled for December 2020, depending on Provincial Health Officer orders on mass gathering.
The Builders Code Champion Award categories include recruiting and hiring champion, workplace culture champion, community champion, initiate of the year and contractor of the year.
For more information about the Builders Code Champion Awards visit www.builderscode.ca/recognition/