In a commitment to creating an inclusionary workforce, workplace and community, Unispace, a global leader in workplace strategy, design and construction, appointed advocate Chely Wright to be the company’s first chief diversity equity and inclusion officer, and the launch of a comprehensive diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) program.
Wright’s background fuses advocacy, business, real estate and communications. She has worked with companies including Goldman Sachs, Procter & Gamble, Southeastern Grocers and Morgan Stanley to advance their DE&I programs. She boasts established relationships with organizations such as GLSEN (formerly the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network), GLAAD, Human Rights Campaign and Interfaith Alliance.
“The world has changed. We must meet the moment and make Unispace a more diverse, equitable and inclusive place for our people, for our clients and for the communities in which we operate,” Wright said. “Diverse teams are created through intentional, inclusive environments where all employees have equal opportunities during their lifecycle — from hiring to training, compensation, managing, promoting and beyond. It’s incumbent upon us as an entire organization to tee everyone up for success.”
The move comes less than a month after Unispace was acquired by private investment firm PAG (formerly Pacific Alliance Group).
The backbone of the DE&I program is Unispace’s commitment to partnering with an array of minority-owned businesses on its thousands of workplace projects across the globe. These partners will be prioritized within the entire Unispace supply chain. To oversee this process, a Supplier DE&I Council will be formed to calculate the program’s progress and hold everyone accountable. Additionally, the firm is offering their clients the opportunity to collaborate and partner with them on this front, advancing supplier diversity in the built environment collectively.
Unispace will also conduct expansive outreach in the municipalities where it has projects by supporting local non-profits and partnering with community agencies, organizations and advocacy groups. Unispace has formalized the following partnerships: Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council (NMSDC).