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Roseville, Calif. (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — PRIDE Industries joins a growing coalition pledging to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. One of nearly 2,000 CEOs that have come together for CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™, Jeff Dern is committing himself and PRIDE Industries to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

 

By signing on to this commitment, PRIDE Industries pledges to take action to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected and where employees feel encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion. The collective of nearly 2,000 signatories has already shared more than 1,400+ best-known actions, exchanging tangible learning opportunities and creating collaborative conversations via the initiative’s unified hub, CEOAction.com.

 

“Diversity and inclusion are difficult issues to navigate, but if we avoid constructive conversation about our differences, communication deteriorates and productivity suffers,” said Jeff Dern, President and CEO of PRIDE Industries. “As a social enterprise committed to normalizing workplace inclusion, we are proud to join other industry leaders in cultivating a work environment where employees can openly address challenges, present opportunities, and share perspectives.”

 

Nearly 60 percent of PRIDE Industries’ workforce has a disclosed disability. As a social enterprise, the company provides facilities management; manufacturing, logistics, and supply chain services to fuel its mission of creating employment for people with disabilities. PRIDE Industries also leverages its 55 years’ experience in inclusion success to provide staffing, recruiting, and inclusive workplace training certification for individuals and companies.

 

CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ is cultivating a new type of ecosystem centered around collaboration and sharing. The actions, available via CEOAction.com, showcase real-life examples of open and transparent conversations to cultivate more diverse and inclusive workplace environments. The addition of new signatories expands the impact of this work beyond the office to communities and industries.

 

The CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ is led by a steering committee of CEOs and leaders from Accenture, BCG, Deloitte US, The Executive Leadership Council, EY, General Atlantic, KPMG, New York Life, Procter & Gamble, and PwC. The coalition represents 85 industries, all 50 U.S. States, and millions of employees globally.

About CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™

CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace. Bringing together nearly 2,000 CEOs of America’s leading organizations, the commitment outlines actions that participating companies pledge to take to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected, employees feel comfortable and encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion, and where best known—and unsuccessful—actions can be shared across organizations. Learn more at CEOAction.com and connect with us on Twitter: @CEOAction.

About PRIDE Industries

PRIDE Industries delivers business excellence with a positive social impact. A social enterprise, we provide facilities operations and maintenance services, custodial services, contract manufacturing, supply chain management, packaging and fulfillment services, and staffing and recruitment services to private and public organizations nationwide. Founded in 1966, PRIDE Industries’ mission is to create employment for people with disabilities. Through personalized employment services, we help individuals realize their true potential and lead more independent lives. PRIDE Industries proves the value of its inclusive workforce model through operational success across multiple industries every day. Learn more.

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PRIDE Industries is a social enterprise delivering business excellence to public and private organizations nationwide.

“For 55 years, PRIDE Industries has provided business excellence with a social impact,” says Jeff Dern, President & Chief Executive Officer, of this pioneering social enterprise. “We provide competitive business services while pursuing our mission to create employment for people with disabilities.”

 

At the heart of PRIDE Industries’ 6,000 team members are 3,100 with disclosed disabilities. With National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) in October, the company is launching a helpline and an awareness campaign to pursue their goal of creating 100,000 jobs for people with disabilities.

 

“Annually in October, the Department of Labor promotes NDEAM to educate the public about disability employment issues and to celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities. At PRIDE Industries, we take that concept even further,” says Leah Burdick, Chief Growth Officer. “Through print and online media, we strive to recognize our business partners for hiring people with disabilities or supporting an inclusive workforce.”

“NDEAM is important to us because one of our goals is to normalize workplace inclusion.”
– Jeff Dern, PRIDE Industries President & Chief Executive Officer

PRIDE Industries has launched the most comprehensive helpline of its kind. By dialing 844-I-AM-ABLE, people with disabilities can connect to helpful resources, job training, and employment opportunities. This helpline will be heavily promoted in California during NDEAM, with plans to expand nationally.

 

PRIDE Industries has created employment for thousands of people in jobs throughout this region over decades and encourages all employers to inspire other companies to include people with disabilities in their workplaces. “NDEAM is important to us because one of our goals is to normalize workplace inclusion,” explains Dern. “We do that all year, but this month is devoted to educate employers on why they should include people with disabilities when hiring.”

 

PRIDE Industries will continue its constant efforts to promote the employment and inclusion of people with disabilities, proving every day that their model for business excellence has a place for all abilities.

This article was originally published in Comstock’s Magazine in October 2021.

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The nonprofit social enterprise was recognized for its exemplary inclusive hiring and employment practices

Roseville, Calif. – At the recent Annual Forum held by the National Organization on Disability (NOD), PRIDE Industries was honored as a 2021 NOD Leading Disability Employer. The award was given in recognition of PRIDE Industries’ decades-long commitment to creating employment for people with disabilities, and its success in promoting its inclusive workforce model in multiple industries.

 

“As the nation’s leading employer of people with disabilities, we are honored to be recognized by the National Organization on Disability,” said Jeff Dern, President and CEO of PRIDE Industries. “We have a vision to create a world where people of all abilities have equal access to employment. For more than five decades, PRIDE Industries has proven that inclusion of people with disabilities is essential to a positive workplace culture and access to a larger talent pool, which creates a more productive and engaged workforce.

 

Since 1966, PRIDE Industries has partnered with hundreds of customer organizations and created employment for thousands of people with disabilities. These employees perform essential functions in multiple industries. They build electronic devices and medical equipment, maintain 13,000 buildings every day, and package and ship thousands of retail products. They balance the books in finance departments, troubleshoot in IT, and contribute to all facets of a company’s operations, including leadership.

 

It was PRIDE Industries’ work in advancing workplace inclusion that brought it to the attention of the NOD. PRIDE Industries was recognized publicly, along with several other companies, before an audience of hundreds of diversity and inclusion leaders from global companies at NOD’s two-hour virtual Forum. Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin kicked off the event with an inspiring keynote address, while comedian, actress, and disability advocate Santina Muha served as the emcee.

 

In her announcement of this year’s honorees, NOD President Carol Glazer emphasized the importance of recognizing every person’s talents.

 

“NOD’s mission is to ensure that no ability is wasted, that all Americans, including those of us with disabilities, have an opportunity for enterprise, achievement, and earnings; and that corporate America knows how to put our talents to work,” she said. “These winning organizations have stepped up and are doing just that. We want to applaud their leadership and thank them for their commitment to hiring and retaining people with disabilities.”

About PRIDE Industries

PRIDE Industries delivers business excellence with a positive social impact. A social enterprise, we provide facilities operations and maintenance services, custodial services, contract manufacturing, supply chain management, packaging and fulfillment services, and staffing and recruitment services to private and public organizations nationwide. Founded in 1966, PRIDE Industries’ mission is to create employment for people with disabilities. Through personalized employment services, we help individuals realize their true potential and lead more independent lives. PRIDE Industries proves the value of its inclusive workforce model through operational success across multiple industries every day. Learn more at https://PRIDEIndustries.com.

About National Organization on Disability (NOD)

The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is a private, non-profit organization that seeks to increase employment opportunities for the millions of working age Americans with disabilities who are not employed. To achieve this goal, NOD offers a suite of employment solutions, tailored to meet leading companies’ workforce needs. NOD has helped some of the world’s most recognized brands be more competitive in today’s global economy by building or enriching their disability inclusion programs. For more information about NOD and how its professional services, Leadership Council and Employment Tracker can help your business, visit www.NOD.org.

 

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ROSEVILLE, Calif. — October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. It’s a time to celebrate the contributions of people with disabilities in the workplace and to shine a light on barriers they face.

 

PRIDE Industries, the nation’s leading employer for people with disabilities, works to connect people with disabilities to jobs and services they need. Sherryl Kubel told KCRA 3 that being run over by a car 4 years ago forced her to have to re-learn how to do what some consider basic tasks.

 

“It’s like living your life in slow motion. Every task becomes extremely important,” Kubel, who is a PRIDE Industries proposal development assistant, said.

 

Benjamin Dunn has worked at PRIDE Industries as a material handler for 8 years. He was happy to explain what it means to have a job.

 

“To feel that you have a purpose, you have satisfaction in the work that you do and knowing that when you do the job, you get it done right,” Dunn said.

 

Dunn and Kubel are just two of the hundreds of people living with disabilities that are being helped by PRIDE.

 

Chief Growth Officer Leah Burdick said people with disabilities are just as productive as the general workforce.

 

“If you haven’t been given the ability to shine and all of a sudden you have that chance to shine and show your talents people rise to that occasion, you will find that people rise to that occasion. We have great retention; they are very loyal,” Burdick said.

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. has some type of disability.

 

Barriers often prevent people living with disabilities from getting jobs, but PRIDE Industries is changing that.

 

“We provide manufacturing, logistic supply chain, packaging and fulfillment, the gamut of facilities management. Every day we maintain 13,000 buildings across the country,” Burdick said.

 

Casandra Hatfield designed the pilot for the recently launched first-of-its-kind I-AM-ABLE employee helpline.

 

“The different resources that people provide within the community are things like employment preparation, training, job placement, interview skills, resume building and job coaching,” Hatfield said.

 

Although she didn’t use the helpline to get a job, Kubel explained that regaining independence has changed her life.

 

“This has helped me made my dream come true,” Kubel said.

 

The California-focused helpline is dedicated to serving people with disabilities as well as military veterans, former foster youth and trafficking survivors.

 

Call 844-I-AM-ABLE or (844) 426-2253 to learn about resources available.

This article was featured on KRCA3 on October 6, 2021 by reporter/anchor Brandi Cummings:  

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Companies are Overlooking Reliable Workers

It’s generally accepted that the U.S. is in the midst of a severe labor shortage. And that assertion is borne out by the data—according to the Labor Department, there were more than 10 million unfilled jobs in June. Is there an immediate solution to address our nation’s employment gap? Would shifting old workforce paradigms and broadening accepted views of talent create access for millions of unemployed workers who want to contribute to your workplace? Many companies have discovered a new paradigm and an often-overlooked demographic filled with diverse talent.

Who are these enthusiastic, reliable employees? Individuals with disabilities.

People with disabilities have the ability and desire to work. Every company’s diversity and inclusion talent strategy should include people with disabilities—labor shortage or not. Employees need training and support to be successful. When workforce investments are oriented in an inclusive manner, an individual with a disability can achieve anything. They have the very qualities and skills we often seek as employers — adaptability, perseverance, commitment, desire — because of their lived experiences. Without the opportunity to participate, these valuable traits go unnoticed.

 

There are companies across the country, from Amazon to Walgreens, that have built a competitive advantage through their talent recruitment practices. Their inclusive workforce models offer a seat at the table for individuals with disabilities, and their business results prove the model works. By providing training geared to disability inclusion, together with cost-effective adaptations to business processes, all companies can access the millions of talented workers proven to have higher-than-average retention rates and lower absenteeism.

 

But what about the cost of accommodation? A Job Accommodation Network (JAN) survey found that of 600 businesses surveyed, 56% reported that accommodating employees with disabilities added no costs, while the rest reported an average of $500 to accommodate an employee with disabilities.

So, what did companies get in exchange for $500?

A lot, according to global consulting firm Accenture’s “Getting to Equal 2020: Disability Inclusion” study. It reports that companies led by executives focused on disability engagement are growing sales (2.9x) and profits (4.1x) faster than their peers. And engagement levels of employees with disabilities are 1.5x higher in companies with the most inclusive cultures.

 

As head of the nation’s leading employer of people with disabilities, PRIDE Industries, the results of the Accenture study are unsurprising. People with disabilities are key to our success and are found in essential roles throughout our company. Our facilities professionals maintain 13,000 buildings at corporate campuses and military bases, such as Fort Bliss and Los Angeles Air Force Base. Our custodians serving businesses like VSP Global post dramatically higher retention rates than the national average. Our manufacturing floors teem with decades-long tenured employees working with longtime customers like HP Inc., and people with disabilities bring innovation and unique perspectives to our vocational development and corporate services roles. Every day, we prove the value of an inclusive workforce across multiple industries.

 

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), which is celebrated annually to raise awareness of the many workplace contributions made by individuals with disabilities. NDEAM was established by Congress in 1988 when there were far fewer people with disabilities in the workplace. Since that time, there’s a greater awareness about the talents of people with disabilities and how to support them for success. Today, thousands of people with diverse abilities enrich the workplace and lead independent lives.

 

This October and throughout the year, I challenge all business leaders to normalize workplace inclusion and provide equal employment access for all. It makes business sense, and it is good for the community.

About Jeff Dern

Jeff Dern is the President and CEO of PRIDE Industries, a nonprofit social enterprise offering employment training, placement, and support services for people with disabilities, military veterans, former foster youth, and trafficking survivors. The organization also provides manufacturing, logistics, hospital housekeeping, custodial, and other business services to companies, and recently began offering staffing and consulting services to share its employment model with businesses striving to build more inclusive workforces.

This article is featured in the Sacramento Business Journal titled Another Voice: Companies are overlooking a group of reliable workers.

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The hiring program will prioritize jobs for individuals with disabilities, formerly incarcerated individuals, and other groups with high unemployment rates.

Roseville, Calif. — PRIDE Industries is partnering with Clark Pacific, the industry leader in prefabricated building systems, to create employment opportunities for people with disabilities and other individuals who face barriers to employment. Clark Pacific will work with PRIDE Industries’ Inclusive Talent Solutions (ITS) group to place hundreds of people into full-time and part-time positions. These positions will range from general labor to specialists, such as in welding, prefabrication, materials mixtures and more.

 

PRIDE Industries, a nonprofit social enterprise, is the nation’s leading employer of people with disabilities. The organization recruits, trains, and provides on-the-job support for people with disabilities through a network of more than 300 employers. These efforts help our partner companies access an expanded talent pool to include people of diverse abilities.

 

PRIDE Industries also offers expertise in creating sustainable employment for military veterans, former foster youth, trafficking survivors, and others needing a helping hand to overcome barriers to employment.

Providing Second Chances and Meaningful Jobs

One such population are individuals who were formerly incarcerated. To assist these individuals as they integrate back into society, Clark Pacific is a second chance employer. This means that they do not require background checks for certain jobs, allowing those who have paid their debt to society to participate in gainful employment. Those hired earn livable wages and benefit from career advancement opportunities as well as a full suite of union benefits.

 

“At Clark Pacific, we believe that everyone deserves an opportunity,” said John Hasna, Associate Director of Talent Management at Clark Pacific. “When we’re seeking to fill a position, what matters most to us is a person’s work ethic. We have high standards for quality and customer service, and we count on all our employees to meet these goals.”

Success through Hiring Individuals with Disabilities and Other Barriers to Employment

A pioneer in the prefabricated building systems industry, Clark Pacific offers customers high-quality construction. This construction results in buildings that are both environmentally friendly and cost effective. A proud inclusive employer, the company also prioritizes hiring groups of individuals who are often overlooked.

 

It’s a hiring perspective that fits well with PRIDE Industries’ mission, and also the goals of the nonprofit’s ITS team.

 

“Inclusive Talent Solutions is proud to partner with Clark Pacific,” said DeShawn Cann, Director of Workforce Solutions at PRIDE Industries. “We are confident we can help Clark Pacific meet its hiring goals and effectively utilize its diverse workforce. And certainly, the high-quality construction and manufacturing opportunities available at Clark Pacific is ideal for anyone seeking a rewarding and meaningful career.”

About PRIDE Industries

PRIDE Industries delivers business excellence with a positive social impact. A social enterprise, we provide facilities operations and maintenance services, custodial services, contract manufacturing, supply chain management, packaging and fulfillment services, as well as staffing and recruitment services to private and public organizations nationwide. Founded in 1966, PRIDE Industries’ mission is to create employment and meaningful jobs for individuals with disabilities. To that end, through personalized employment services, we help individuals realize their true potential and lead more independent lives. PRIDE Industries proves the value of its inclusive workforce model through operational success across multiple industries every day. Learn more at https://www.PRIDEIndustries.com.

About Clark Pacific

Clark Pacific is a leading manufacturer of prefabricated building systems. We are transforming design and construction by delivering high quality, cost-effective buildings with less risk. Clark Pacific paves the way for prefabrication as a smarter, safer and more efficient way to bring great designs to life. Clark Pacific also collaborates with construction owners and design-build teams to develop and deliver prefabricated building systems for commercial and institutional projects of any size and complexity. For more information, visit www.clarkpacific.com.

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