At CH2M, we believe that diversity and inclusion enhance our competitive advantage in the marketplace and make us extraordinary. We are deeply committed to a culture of belonging and respect. Global diversity and inclusion are strategic advantages, supporting our business growth while allowing us to attract, develop, engage and retain the best talent and serve the needs of an increasingly global and diverse customer base.
We track gender globally, and in the United States, we track racial data with hiring and attrition. By understanding our diversity metrics, we can implement outreach strategies to attract, engage and retain women, people of color and individuals of many ages and life experiences.
In 2016, CH2M’s workforce included approximately 3,400 direct-hire craft employees, around 9 percent of which are represented by unions. Most of the employees covered by collective bargaining agreements work for CH2M’s joint ventures, which are created to manage specific projects. Including our joint-venture population, approximately 24 percent are represented by unions.
CH2M’s global female percentage is 33% of our full- and part-time, non-craft population.
Promoting diversity through our network groups
Our eight employee network groups provide opportunities for CH2Mers to share knowledge and support each other in reaching career goals. These groups support our diversity and inclusion strategy, assist with business development, connect with local communities and encourage leadership development. In September 2016, we gathered 30 employee network group members in Denver for a joint summit, Growth Through Diversity. Colleagues from around the world discussed how we can leverage our diversity to drive personal and company success.