Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Rockford Construction | Rockford Construction

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

Rockford Construction respects and values the characteristics, talents and perspectives that make each person unique. By bringing diverse people together in an inclusive manner, we can better innovate and solve the problems that face our world. We are committed to creating and fostering a team, partners and strategies that reflect this purpose.

Trade Contractors

At Rockford, innovation is encouraged and expected as part of our culture. We aim to maximize opportunities for minority-, women- and veteran-owned business enterprises (MWVBEs). We launched Dimensions, a program designed to support a local, diverse and entrepreneurial group of trades, in 2017. Dimensions provides support to MWVBE commercial trade contractors by offering exposure to the tools and processes necessary to build their businesses while working toward long-term stability. Rockford also provides opportunities to bid and perform on local projects. In 2021, we’ll launch our next cohort of Dimensions participants focused on the Detroit area. We will continue to expand on our Detroit relationships and work to improve minority trade contractor growth in the region.

By developing strategic relationships with our trade contractors and vendors, we foster diversity within our contractor base, increase competition within the sourcing process and provide access to resources that ultimately improve the overall community.

Qualification to Participate

Our inclusive approach recognizes qualifications that differentiate our trade contractors. To participate as a diverse trade contractor, business enterprises must be one of the following:

  • Minority-owned enterprise that is at least 51% owned, controlled, operated and managed by members of an ethnic/racial minority group
  • Women-owned enterprise that is at least 51% owned, controlled, operated and managed by one or more women
  • Veteran-owned enterprise that is at least 51% owned, controlled, operated and managed by U.S. Military service veterans
  • City of Detroit based company
  • Business Enterprise that is at least 51 % owned, controlled, operated and managed by individuals with disabilities

Rockford recognizes business enterprises that hold one or more certifications from the following certification agencies. If you do not hold a formal certification but self-identify as one or more of the following, we still invite you to contact us:

  • National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) or a regional affiliate council
  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
  • Various state or local government agencies or chambers of commerce
  • Small Business Administration — Veteran or Disability Certification
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If you are an eligible business enterprise, we invite you to contact Brad Mathis, vice president of community engagement and inclusion. You will also be asked to complete the information form below to help us better understand your company.

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2020 Community Impact Report - Rockford Construction

2020 Community Impact Report

Our Community Impact Report features Rockford’s community involvement throughout 2020 as we reflect on moments of challenge, perseverance and triumph. We’ve all had to think creatively. Engaging with our communities looks different, supporting those who need help functions differently and our playbooks have all changed. But one thing remains consistent – our need for human connection, shared understanding and compassion.
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