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Thank you for your interest in the Builders Code. Together, we can reach our goal to have BC’s skilled workforce comprised of 10% tradeswomen by 2028. This step-by-step guide will help make sure that your company gets the most out of its participation.
Your go-to resource is the Builders Code website (builderscode.ca), where all the employer tools are readily accessible, including:
Use any or all of these tools and services in any order or combination that works for you.
The next two pages of this document offer examples of how to use these tools to create visibility for your participation in the Builders Code with your staff and within the industry at large.
If you have questions or suggestions, please contact the Employer Advisor serving your area of BC (there is no fee for this service).
1. Sign the Pledge
The Builders Code pledge shows that your company is committed to a worksite free from hazing, harassment and bullying, where all employees are able to perform at their best and reach their full potential. After you’ve signed it:
- Display the pledge at your offices and worksites (e.g. in the site trailer).
- Post it on your company website. (e.g. in the “About Us” and/or Safety section of your site)
- Use social media to let people know, linking to the pledge on your website. For example, “Proud to sign the #BuildersCode pledge and commit to a workplace that’s free from hazing, harassment, and bullying” #dontbeatool
- Share the pledge with your employees. For example:
- Include a copy of the Pledge in your employee welcome kits
- Email a link to the pledge to all your employees, reminding them you’re committed to supporting them in working to their full potential, and have subscribed to the Builders Code Pledge as a public commitment to that support.
- Ask all your employees to personally sign a copy of the pledge to demonstrate their shared responsibility in creating a safe worksite
- Get in touch with the Team at the Builders Code.
Complete the contact form or email us to let us know you’re on board. We will:
- Promote your company as a signatory
- Send you the official Builders Code logo to put on your website
- You can also visit https://www.builderscode.ca/assets and login using the following password: 10x10builderscode –to access all of the brand assets.
2. Display the Builders Code Brand
- Download the Posters, print them and display where your employees, trades, subtrades, and M&S can see them.
- Post the Builders Code logos on your website (e.g. “About Us” or “Safety” pages) and include the pledge in your employee materials (e.g. job postings, employment contracts, company brochures or anywhere you would display other safety credentials such as COR).
3. Update your HR Policies
The Builders Code offers free baseline HR policies that any construction employer can use. Good policies are extremely important to communicate expectations to staff, and to guide you as an employer.
Download the Policies at https://www.builderscode.ca/policies/
- Select the best Builders Code approach for your company:
- Policy A: a simple approach for smaller contractors or those starting out on culture change.
- Policy B: a more robust option for contractors with an existing policy and/or HR team.
- Choose some key elements of either policy to add to your existing policy, either to fill gaps or better articulate your goals.
- Post your new or refreshed policy on your company website.
- Email your staff letting them know the policy is online, with a link to it.
- Include the policy in your “Welcome Kits” for all new employees, along with benefits forms, a copy of the Builders Code pledge, and any other materials you give to new hires.
- Make sure your company executive and supervisors are familiar with the policy, what it means, and how to use it.
4. Get guidance from an Employer Advisor
The Builders Code Employer Advisors are a free resource to help you:
- Implement the Builders Code,
- Get advice about diversity policy,
- Help you manage an HR situation related to hazing, harassment, or bullying.
Your company doesn’t have to be a Builders Code signatory to ask for help from an Advisor, just an employer in BC’s construction industry: https://www.builderscode.ca/advisors/
5. Participate in Training
6. Measure your achievements with the Scorecard
The Builders Code Scorecard will help your company assess your current diversity achievements and plan for the future.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get started with an online questionnaire.
You don’t have to be a Builders Code signatory to participate in the Scorecard, but signing will be strongly encouraged as part of the process.
7. Be recognized with an Award
There are six award categories to recognize the employers who are leading the way. The awards will be given annually, in December. Nominations close in September – nominate yourself or others. https://www.builderscode.ca/recognition/awards/
You don’t have to be a Builders Code signatory to be considered for an award, but your Builders Code participation will improve your score and therefore your chances of being recognized as a leader.
8. Take the 3rd Party Employer Survey
R.A. Malatest & Associates Ltd. has been contracted by the BC Construction Association (BCCA) to conduct a short survey to help evaluate the Builders Code.
The survey will ask questions about your organization’s experiences with equity in the workplace, including questions about the prevalence and experiences of tradeswomen within your workplace and the industry. Employers in the ICI construction industry are invited to participate in the survey.