Trivers has successfully renewed its JUST Label, a transparency tool that helps companies optimize policies and practices to improve social equity and enhance employee engagement. Trivers began the original certification process four years ago as part of its ongoing commitment to improve the diversity of its team and create a more inclusive culture.
Issued by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), the label measures progress in six categories: Diversity & Inclusion, Equity, Employee Health, Employee Benefits, Stewardship, and Purchasing & Supply Chain. By going through the JUST label reporting and renewal process, Trivers was able to highlight both its strengths and opportunities for improvement.
“We believe we can better serve our clients by creating an equitable and inclusive atmosphere and bringing a variety of perspectives to the table,” said Trivers Principal Amy Gilbertson, FAIA, LEED GA. “Our work is much more meaningful and enjoyable when diverse voices are shared and welcomed.”
In 2019, Trivers became the first company in Missouri to obtain a JUST Label and is one of approximately 170 companies to commit to the JUST program. To share insight into the process of pursuing and leveraging the JUST Label, Gilbertson has delivered presentations for the Missouri Gateway Chapter of USGBC, the Women in Design + Construction Conference, and a podcast from the Orlando Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Most recently, she presented, “ILFI Just Label: Transforming Your Company with Transparency,” to architects, designers and building product manufacturers from around the United States at the 2022 AIA Conference on Architecture in Chicago.
“As the architecture industry continues to place greater emphasis on equity, diversity and inclusion, it is imperative to develop ongoing, measurable practice improvement that becomes engrained in workplace culture,” Gilbertson said.
Trivers paired the JUST Label renewal process with an analysis of the firm’s alignment with the AIA Guides for Equitable Practice. These efforts resulted in the creation of an internal Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Handbook that will guide the firm in identifying priorities for next steps and improvements for years to come.