A Core Messer value.
Achieving and encouraging diversity is pivotal for our future. The primary and single most important element for successful Economic Inclusion is to have commitment from the top leaders within a company. Our Economic Inclusion is successful because it is a corporate business goal that’s driven from our President, Tom Keckeis, and the Executive Management team. As advocates for Economic Inclusion, they ensure all Messer employees understand that these business goals are essential to Messer and to support and uplift the communities where we live and work. This is evidenced through:
Economic Inclusion is the lifeline of our future. It’s not just something that we say we do; it is a key component of our business plan, and is critical to the economic vitality of the rich mix of diverse communities and customers that we serve.Chairman and CEO, Tom Keckeis.
To Messer, Economic Inclusion means concentrating on three key areas:
Supplier Diversity - supporting diverse subcontractors opportunity to bid on Messer projects
Workforce Diversity - providing an outstanding environment for long-term professional growth
Community Engagement - actively engaging and investing in the communities that we serve
The strength and consistency of our Economic Inclusion commitment comes from our dedicated department supporting the company leadership and diverse business communities in the regions we serve. The department is equipped with an annual budget and staff led by Stanford Williams, Jr., Vice President/Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer, who is also an officer within the company. Messer is proud of the strategic partnerships we have grown and developed over the years.
Economic Inclusion champions pictured here with the 2016 Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council (OMSDC) Corporation of the Year Award (Class 1). This is one of many awards for economic inclusion over the last 12 years. See full awards list here.