So­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity a hall­mark at PCL

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PCL puts as much pas­sion into giv­ing back as it does into build­ing qual­ity projects. Its com­mu­nity in­vest­ment ef­fort is based on com­pany val­ues and an em­ployee own­er­ship model that sup­ports the com­mu­ni­ties in which its em­ploy­ees work and live. So­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity is one of PCL’s guid­ing prin­ci­ples, and com­mu­nity giv­ing is at its core. As a re­sult, PCL fo­cuses phil­an­thropic ef­forts in the ar­eas of com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment, health, education and sus­tain­abil­ity.

“One of the things em­ploy­ees of­ten re­ally take to at PCL is the sense of be­ing part of a larger com­mu­nity,” says Mike Ols­son, vice- pres­i­dent of hu­man re­sources and pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment. “We of­ten say that we’re a con­struc­tion fam­ily, and that cul­ture of sup­port ex­tends to where we do busi­ness.”

PCL con­trib­utes to var­i­ous not- for- profit or­ga­ni­za­tions through the com­mit­ment of time and fi­nan­cial re­sources. Through­out the year, em­ploy­ees come to­gether to help peo­ple in need, and their pas­sion for giv­ing yields im­pres­sive re­sults. In 2015 PCL do­nated more than $6.9 mil­lion and em­ploy­ees con­trib­uted thou­sands of hours of vol­un­teer work and com­mu­nity ser­vice.



PCL’s his­tor y of gi ving back has strong ties to United Way. Their 47- year re­la­tion­ship with the United Way is founded in a mul­ti­tude of district- run cam­paigns and a cor­po­rate match­ing pro­gram. Ev­ery year, em­ploy­ees across the or­ga­ni­za­tion co- or­di­nate do­na­tion chal­lenges, fundrais­ers and silent auc­tions, all with the goal of help­ing the United Way change lives. This kind of con­sol­i­dated giv­ing has a huge im­pact on in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies in the com­mu­ni­ties in which PCL op­er­ates.

This year, PCL em­ploy­ees raised more than $ 3.7 mil­lion (plus an ad­di­tional $3.7 mil­lion from PCL’s cor­po­rate match­ing pro­gram, dou­bling the im­pact to $ 7.4 mil­lion) for United Way and mem­ber or­ga­ni­za­tions.


In ad­di­tion to sup­port of United Way, PCL con­tin­ues its im­por­tant re­la­tion­ship with the Cana­dian and Amer­i­can Red Cross. PCL is in the se­cond year of a se­cond $ 600,000 com­mit­ment to pro­vide re­lief to vic­tims of nat­u­ral dis­as­ters world­wide. Split be­tween the two na­tional Red Cross or­ga­ni­za­tions, PCL’s do­na­tion will pro­vide fi­nan­cial sup­port for emer­gent, life­sav­ing ser­vices — and will help the or­ga­ni­za­tions to bet­ter pre­pare com­mu­ni­ties for cri­sis sit­u­a­tions.


While PCL rec­og­nizes that cor­po­rate giv­ing is a crit­i­cal part of be­ing part of a com­mu­nity, they also un­der­stand that each com­mu­nity has spe­cific and vary­ing needs.

“Whether it is col­lect­ing food for a lo­cal food bank, rais­ing money for a chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal or ral­ly­ing to­gether to build a home for Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity, PCLers across the com­pany have found cre­ative ways to make a last­ing im­pact on the com­mu­ni­ties we call home,” says Ols­son. “We’re proud to give back lo­cally to or­ga­ni­za­tions that sup­port health and well­ness, education and lit­er­acy, the en­vi­ron­ment, the arts and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment. Each PCL of­fice gives back in a unique way to sup­port our em­ploy­ees’ de­sire to im­prove the qual­ity of life in their com­mu­ni­ties.”


PCL em­ploy­ees find ways to sup­port and cre­ate a last­ing im­pact on the com­mu­ni­ties they call home.

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