Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion:
JEDI at KPFF
At KPFF, our core purpose is to engineer opportunities. The issues of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion are critically important to ensure that those opportunities are available to everyone.
In our Supportive Business Organization, we recognize that each of our offices is unique: The location, demographics, scale, and environment vary widely. Although each group is unique, our local leaders are unified around following our JEDI philosophy: Listen, Unite, and Act.
- We listen to the voices in KPFF, understand what we are passionate about, and what is important to us.
- We unite with our teams towards the actions that we choose to take.
- We act by following through on what has been decided.
Company-wide, we share what we are hearing from our teams. We are transparent with the plans that we have made for action, and develop them based on successes, challenges, and lessons learned from those efforts. By distributing ideas, speaking openly about what is and isn’t working, and constantly learning from one another, we can create a multiplying effect on our shared commitment.
Our JEDI philosophy includes looking at these issues through the lens of our core values:
- Trust: Create psychological safety through transparency and openness.
- Relationships: Establish an inclusive culture where all people are comfortable and can thrive.
- Excellence: Champion practices, policies, and processes related to JEDI that are at the forefront of our industry.
- Stability: Maintain and sustain the commitments to act.
- Passion: Listen and unite to align to our collective passion.
Helping Our Communities
KPFF is committed to the communities in which we design and live. We contribute both through financial sponsorships and with the donation of the time and talent of our employees to many organizations. We aid through monetary donations, volunteer hours, and pro-bono engineering. Our employees work with numerous organizations including: Engineers without Borders, ACE Mentorship program, YWCA, Bridges to Prosperity, Rebuilding Together, United Way, American Lung Association, Habitat for Humanity, American Heart Association, local food banks, and countless other non-profit organizations throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Advancement of Disadvantaged, Women/Minority Owned and Small Businesses
KPFF strongly believes in the need to increase DBE, MWBE and SMB contracting in the AEC industry and welcomes opportunities to partner with these firms. Some KPFF offices also promote a mentorship strategy that emphasizes communication and helps mentees develop their expertise and capacity. KPFF understands that small businesses may not have the resources including administrative staff and software that are beneficial to a large design and construction project. We continually seek Certified Businesses providing services in Engineering and/or Architectural Design to partner with. If you qualify, we would love to hear from you. Please submit a letter of interest, qualifications, disciplines provided and geographic area of your practice (not to exceed 2 pages) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sustainability and Environmental Responsibility
As a leader in sustainable design, KPFF takes our commitment to environmental stewardship seriously. Firm-wide, we have over 60 LEED Accredited engineers and have completed over 450 LEED Certified projects. Whether project related or within our office environments, our dedication to incorporating sustainable design features and preserving valuable natural resources remains constant. Some of the ongoing practices we have implemented to reduce our environmental impact include electronic filing systems to reduce paper use, incorporation of recycled and renewable materials in our specifications, and repurposing plotter trimmings into notepads. Our offices are stocked with reusable flatware, dishes, glasses and mugs. Many of our locations encourage employees to use public transit and active transportation, often subsidizing monthly transit passes and bicycle parking.