Celebrating Cultural Heritage

Every February, people across the United States and Canada celebrate Black History Month to underscore the history, culture, and heritage of the African American community, honor its achievements and traditions, and preserve its archival record.

Black History Month, officially recognized by President Gerald Ford in 1976, and by the Canadian government in 1995, has since been celebrated in February of every year, in both countries. In the UK and other European nations, the commemorative event is held in October of each year. 

The precursor of Black History Month, known as Negro History Week, was launched in February of 1926, by the eminent historian, Carter G. Woodson and the now called Association for the Study of African American Life and History, (ASALH). Its purpose was to keep African American history and culture at the forefront of civil society and to ensure that its study was instituted across the nation’s public schools and academic establishments. 

Since 1928, the ASALH, which was founded by Carter G. Woodson and his associates, in 1915 on the 50th anniversary of emancipation, designates the annual theme of this landmark event. In Canada, the 2024 theme for Black History Month is Black Excellence: A Heritage to Celebrate; a Future to BuildIn the United States, the theme for the 2024 cross-country festivities, is African Americans and the Arts, showcasing the African American cultural heritage and experience through myriad forms of artistic expression. 

In honor of Black History Month, SAJO reiterates its commitment to diversity across its workforce and supplier networks. Diversity is a cornerstone of its competitive advantage and deep-rooted human values and forms the basis of the company’s cohesive, cross-cultural bond. 

SAJO’s workforce is composed of a multidisciplinary and multicultural team of project managers, architects, engineers, designers, cost specialists and estimators, construction, and procurement professionals, as well as site superintendents and contractors. The staff represents a broad spectrum of national origins and minority groups (e.g., Black, Aboriginal, Hispanic, Asian, and Middle Eastern, among others) and a multitude of languages. SAJO also prides itself on the near gender parity of its workforce and on its multigenerational character, spanning the ages from 20 to over 70 years of age. 

Apart from its core office staff, SAJO operates a supplier network which spans across North America and parts of Europe and ensures supplier diversity in the procurement of goods and services. 

SAJO’s organizational culture, driven by its client-centred vision, synergistic partnerships, and equitable human resource policies, ensures fair treatment, equality of opportunity, and freedom from discrimination of any kind. It instills a climate of respect and inclusiveness where everyone can feel a sense of dignity and belonging. 

In embracing differences arising from a wide variety of cultures, traditions, background experiences and personal circumstances, the SAJO family recognizes the valuable array of unique abilities, skills, and perspectives which these differences generate.

Ultimately, diversity unleashes the creative potential that leads to a thriving and resilient work environment where professional and personal relationships flourish, innovation abounds, and brand loyalty prevails.

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