Since we are one of North America's most innovative and collaborative builders, we aim to put our values at the centre of everything we do. We continuously innovate by championing collaborative construction - leading to more efficiency, cost savings and a much better working experience for everyone.
A B CORPORATION
We have been a certified B Corp since 2016 and are committed to continually meeting the rigorous standards of social and environmental accountability, public transparency and legal responsibility. The B Corp certification is the only one that measures a company’s entire performance and evaluates how its operations, business model and profits affect all touchpoints: employees, the community, the environment, and customers.
We acknowledge that we have a significant role in our community and therefore take diverse ideas and perspectives into consideration and even incorporate them into our projects.
Many of our projects follow a community benefit plan which ensures that a portion of the investment is put back into the community. This strategy allows us to provide employment opportunities to local people; expand diversity in local businesses; reduce poverty; utilize first source hiring; eliminate social isolation and incorporate local purchasing. Furthermore, this strategy helps secure work, offer skills training and provide fair wages to those underrepresented in skilled trades.
We are also proud supporters of non-profit organizations such as United Way and partner with them on several local and national initiatives year-round. We’ve been advocates for the organization for 20 years and have raised more than $2,000,000 for the communities where we live and work. During our campaigns, we aim to teach staff and industry partners about local needs and what they can do to contribute. Additionally, several Chandos’ executives have been part of the United Way’s cabinet, including CEO Tom Redl who was Co-Chair of the Alberta Capital Region’s 2016 campaign.
Click here for a look at some of our initiatives for the United Way.
Chandos has received the award for “Best for Workers” two years in a row from B Labs, the organization that certifies B corporations. This accolade is a testament to our integrity and inclusive hiring practises.
We are above the standard benchmark for the percentage of women, Indigenous Peoples and at-risk youth represented in construction. In 2019, we participated in the B Corp Inclusive Economy Challenge with set goals to improve our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts through strategies such as initiating a Lean In women’s affinity group; providing cultural awareness and unconscious bias training to staff; and taking steps to hire and promote women into roles that are traditionally male dominated.
We have partnerships with several community organizations such as EMBERS in Vancouver and Building Up in Toronto that offer opportunities for economic and employment growth to transitional workers. We’ve also partnered with Buy Social Canada, an organization that creates tools for social procurement and helps individuals positively contribute to economic diversity and growth.
Indigenous entrepreneurship is another one of our top priorities. Whether it's working directly with our employees, clients and partners, or indirectly through community initiatives, we strive to strengthen our relationships, create prosperity, help develop local economies and honour local cultures.
We have several projects on or near treaty land and have worked with clients and indigenous communities to encourage inclusive hiring practices. We also train locals and show them how to maintain their newly acquired infrastructure.
We’re a member of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and recently entered the commitment phase of becoming certified as a Progressive Aboriginal Business. Furthermore, we are proud partners of the Alberta Indigenous Construction Career Centre (AICCC) - a unique service designed to connect prospective indigenous workers with employers recruiting for construction related careers. We’ve trained and employed several AICCC students, some of whom are still working with Chandos today.
There is 20% indigenous representation on our board and 40% within our senior management team; and, approximately 5% - 10% of our field staff have indigenous backgrounds.
Construction companies tend to have large environmental footprints but being a certified B Corporation, we aim to reduce our negative impact by providing progressive and innovative work; leading a global culture shift; creating a more inclusive and sustainable economy; developing diverse and inclusive supply chains; and diverting waste.
Chandos’ waste diversion program began 20 years ago, well before there were any regulations or standard practices for our industry. Our commitment is to divert a minimum of 75% of waste from each project - 80% for 2019. We do this by recycling as many concrete, wood, paper, plastic, metal, and drywall remnants as possible. Here’s a look at our waste diversion rates over the past four years:
- 2015: 82%
- 2016: 73%
- 2017: 73%
- 2018: 77%
One recent example of our environmental commitments is our Blatchford project in Edmonton, AB, where we recovered more than 90% of construction waste from landfills. We also used a mobile solar power unit to provide power during construction and in turn, diverted over 6,500 litres of diesel and offset 3.5 tons of carbon dioxide from the project site. As far as sustainable purchasing, Chandos goes above and beyond the minimum ethical, social, and environmental standards by actively seeking to purchase sustainable products and services. For example, we strive to only buy what is needed and choose durable products that will last.
We are a leader in Lean Construction, Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), Building Information Modeling (BIM), and Sustainable Construction, and are LEED, Net Zero and WELL certified. We also have a partnership with the Canada Green Building Council which works to reduce the environmental impact of buildings by limiting green house gas emissions, improving air quality and saving water.