At Shook, our Mission is DRAMATICALLY IMPROVING THE COMMUNITIES WE SERVE. It’s our purpose and our driving force—the reason we show up to work every day. We carry out our mission by being good stewards of our community in a variety of ways, each adding up to what we hope means we’re actually making a difference.
In correlation with every project we build, we complete a community outreach project to further benefit the community where the construction is taking place.
In 2021, we’re launching The Shook Foundation, which will be funded and operated by our own employees and utilized to support the communities where we live, work and play.
To further embody our Mission, our leadership team has undergone training to better understand what it means to be good stewards of the community and are all active participants in civic organizations within the communities where they live and work.
Our Mission is expanding across the globe as we took our first Mission Trip in 2019. Once travel restrictions are eased, we’ll begin planning for future trips that will reflect the market channels where we continue to make an impact.
Through donations of time, effort and financial support, Shook and our 300+ employees support a vast number of community organizations.
In 2019, we sent a team to Timusi, Bolivia to improve their water supply system. It was our first effort to make our Mission a global one. Though the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to temporarily pause the program, efforts are underway to find our next location.
We have identified goals for our workforce diversity and measure ourselves against them monthly via a global report from our President and CEO Chris Halapy. We believe this focus and transparency enhances our success towards this important objective. Similarly, we have a focus on diversity and representation within the pipeline of talent we are feeding into the organization. This has driven us to seek out partnerships and career pathways that are outside of our traditional recruiting grounds – which only makes us better.
In each of the geographies that we operate there is a stable of capable and like-minded organizations owned by female or minority leaders. We intentionally and continuously seek out close working relationships with these companies and look for opportunities to collaborate on work. The shared best practices and diversity of thought that we gain from these experiences enhances the value we provide to our customers.
In addition, we partner with minority advocacy organizations to communicate work opportunities, enhance our network and relationships with local minority business leaders and to participate in dialogue about the challenges these companies face. These important community partners act as a hub for our outreach in the diverse business community.
Our mission is to “dramatically improve the communities we serve”. A core area where we serve this mission is through our outreach and engagement on our projects, providing opportunities for the local community to work, profit and grow. Through our continuous outreach and relationship building, we have a phenomenal track record of meeting and exceeding our client’s diversity participation goals.