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WASHINGTON, DC— The ACEC Research Institute announced a new DEI&B (diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging) maturity model and benchmarking tool for engineering firms in partnership with Zweig Group.


Diversity Roadmap: The DEI&B Maturity Model for Engineering and Design Services is complimentary for ACEC members and will allow engineering firms to get a snapshot of their current program along with providing a roadmap for their journey toward strengthening DEI&B within the organization.

“America’s engineering firms are serious about building a workforce that more closely reflects the communities they serve, and our DEI&B Committee has been committed to making that a reality,” said ACEC President and CEO Linda Bauer Darr. “This new tool not only gives engineering firms a starting point, but a path forward to build on their existing efforts.”

“Our focus on using data and benchmarking to elevate the industry makes this partnership with the ACEC Research Institute a win-win,” said Zweig Group CEO Chad Clinehens. “It is our goal, through ElevateHER, to advance firms’ ability to recruit and retain their workforce. The DEI&B benchmarking tool will give ACEC member firms the tools and recommendations that can drive performance in this critical area of the business.”


To participate in the DEI&B Maturity Model for Engineering and Design Services, firms will answer questions related to their workplace, workforce, marketplace, and supplier practices. Once firms have completed the questionnaire, they will receive the results and be able to compare those results to the industry at large, along with filtering results by peer groups, such as firm size and geography.


“Research shows that more diverse management teams have higher innovation revenue than less diverse teams,” said ACEC Research Institute Chair Mike Carragher.


“As engineering firms continue the work implementing America’s new infrastructure laws, building teams that bring together a diverse set of voices can have a strong impact on both improving the work products and strengthening businesses. We are grateful to Zwieg Group for recognizing the importance of the Roadmap and committing their support for the next three years.”

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June 13, 2023

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