Supporting Small and Diverse Businesses
Saunders has continuously evolved its small and diverse business outreach program since 2006, including the formation of our Outreach Task Force that supports, retains and attracts these businesses to better work with our project teams. The task force assists with community outreach, prequalification applications, and the education of our project teams on the compliance process as well as ensure transparency within the community.
We guide small and diverse businesses through the pre-qualification process, helping them understand project requirements and why they are required. Instead of just checking the box for best effort — we take the initiative to support our trade partners to ensure they have the tools to continue to work for Saunders and our clients.
Saunders listens and provides support to our trade partners and the communities we live and build in. While we always meet diversity goals set on a project, however, this is not our ultimate goal. Our goal is to genuinely and actively support small/diverse businesses to strengthen their firms.
In the past 5 years, Saunders Construction has averaged 10% small and diverse business participation on all its contracts, based on the cost of work.