ABOUT CULTURE OF CARE
Q: What does Culture of CARE mean?
A: Culture of CARE is asking companies to take visible step – by signing a pledge – to ensure their workplaces are free from harassment, hazing, and bullying. Culture of CARE is built on four foundation principles: Commit, Attract, Retain and Empower
Q: Who Should Sign the Culture of Care Pledge?
A: Companies that sign the Culture of CARE pledge must have approval by the company owner, CEO or other executive authorized to take the pledge on behalf of the entire company or region/division within the company.
An individual who would like to get involved in the Culture of CARE campaign but does not have the authorization to take the pledge on behalf of their entire company may sign the individual pledge instead.
Q: How do I get involved?
A: There are two ways to participate in the Culture of CARE campaign. The first is have your company commit to a Culture of CARE by signing the company pledge. The second is to take the individual pledge yourself. Once you’ve taken the pledge, there are a number of resources available to help you make an impact within your company towards creating a Culture of CARE.
Q: Will my name appear on the Culture of CARE website?
A: Companies that sign the pledge will be recognized on our website as Impact Champions. Individuals who sign the pledge will not be listed on the website, unless you choose to share your story with us. You can share your individual or company story here.
Q: How do I support the Culture of Care campaign?
A: First and foremost, Commit to a Culture of CARE! Beyond that, become a Culture of CARE Supporter. Our supporters are changemakers who share our vision for a diverse, safe, welcoming, and inclusive construction industry for all construction workers. Visit the “About Us” page to learn more.
Q: What does diversity mean?
A: Diversity refers to the characteristics of an individual, or group of individuals, that makes them unique. These characteristics can be inherent – such as ability, age, ethnicity/race, gender, nationality, religious background, sexual orientation, geographic location and socio-economic status – or acquired – such as education, experience, skills, perspectives and beliefs.
Q: What does inclusion mean?
A: Inclusion is the act of harnessing the power of diversity – by establishing policies, procedures and practices that create an environment where an individual’s ideas, backgrounds and perspectives are valued and respected.
Q: What do harassment, hazing & bullying mean?
A: Harassment: Any unwelcome conduct that is based on race, color, religion, gender (including sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability or genetic information. Offensive conduct may include, but is not limited to, offensive jokes, slurs, epithets or name calling, physical assaults or threats, intimidation, ridicule or mockery, insults or put-downs, offensive objects or pictures, and interference with work performance.
- Sexual Harassment: Any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature including, but not limited to, sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, unnecessary physical contact, suggestive or obscene gestures, images or objects; or other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.
- Hazing: A ritual or initiation process – commonly for apprentices or new employees – that intentionally causes embarrassment, harassment or ridicule and risks emotional, mental or physical harm, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate.
- Bullying: Intentionally and repeatedly misusing social or physical “power” to cause another person emotional, mental or physical harm. Bullying can come in the form of verbal, physical and/or social behavior.