Pilot-Credits IPpc90: Social equity within the project team

  • Increase social equity

    The intent of this pilot credit is to encourage any and all members of the project team to promote and further social equity by integrating strategies that address identified social and economic needs and disparities among those working on the project by:

    • Creating more equitable, healthier, and more supportive environments for construction workers during project construction through:
    • Ensuring fair and equitable pay and benefits for work performe
    • Promoting employable skill development
    • Promoting personal financial and health stability
  • USGBC

    Excerpted from LEED 2009 for Healthcare

    IP Pilot Credit 90: Social equity within the project team

    Intent

    Encourage any and all members of the project team to promote and further social equity by integrating strategies that address identified social and economic needs and disparities among those working on the project by:

    • Creating more equitable, healthier, and more supportive environments for construction workers during project construction through:

      • Ensuring fair and equitable pay and benefits for work performe
      • Promoting employable skill development
      • Promoting personal financial and health stability
    • Promoting corporate social responsibility at an organizational level by the firms of the project owner, financier, architects/engineers, contractors, product manufacturers, etc.

    Requirements

    This credit addresses equity for people involved in the ownership, design, and construction of the project by achieving one of the following:

    Option 1

    Project demonstrates commitment to equity for construction workers through workforce pay and benefits by achieving both of the following:

    1. Paying worker wages and benefits that meet or exceed the prevailing wage determined by the Federal Davis-Bacon Act, or applicable State prevailing wage statutes, whichever is higher. For projects located outside the United States, prevailing wage is defined as the most commonly paid wage for each type of work in the project’s region (i.e. the mode average; it will vary based on job and region, and is generally substantially higher than a legal minimum wage). Statistics on average wages may be available from government labor agencies, labor organizations, or other sources.
    2. AND

    3. Participation in, or providing of, access to workforce development training through one or more of the following.

      1. Job-Related Skills training through on the job training in a Department of Labor registered apprenticeship program*
      2. Life-Skills training programs conducted on the construction site including such things as, GED test preparation, English as second language (ESL) courses, financial literacy, debt management, first-time home buying, or entrepreneurship training
      3. Financial assistance in the form of scholarships, stipends, or sponsorships for workers to attend life-skills training programs conducted off-site such as pre-apprenticeship training, English as a second language (ESL) courses, GED test preparation, financial literacy, debt management, first-time home buying, or entrepreneurship training
      4. USGBC-approved equivalent


    OR

    Option 2

    Project team companies have demonstrated social responsibility on a company level by achieving certification, or developing a social responsibility report, based on the organizations below.

    Portions of at least one member company of project team must achieve certification(s) or develop a report(s) in the following proportions:

    • Owner / Investors - 50% or more of the investors/owners (by dollar value of ownership)
    • OR

    • Design team - 20% or more of the design team (by dollar value of design contracts)
    • OR

    • Construction team - 20% of construction contracts (by dollar value)
    • Owners / Investors may include institutions (e.g. government agencies, universities, etc.) or private companies. In the case where the intended Owner does not own more than 50% of the project (e.g. in the case of investor-backed private real-estate development projects), companies investing in the project should be considered part of the “project team” for the purposes of this credit. Investment Funds, Real Estate Investment Trusts, and other investors may contribute to meeting the credit threshold based on their share of financial equity in the project and their completion of a certification or report.

      Certifications/reporting must must be publically accessible, be created within 2 years of submission, and must address the following issues at a minimum.

      Human rights

      • No child / forced labor / bonded labor
      • Health and safety procedures and training
      • Right of freedom of association
      • Non-discrimination
      • Diversity and equal opportunity
      • Discipline / harassment and grievance procedures
      • Fair working hours and compensation
      • Anti-corruption and bribery

      Community/Society impacts

      • Responsible investment
      • Training and education
      • Anti-collusive behavior
      • Supplier assessment
      • Community involvement

      Frameworks to be utilized may be from one of the following two categories of organizations:

      • Category 1 Frameworks:

        These frameworks have the capacity to address all of the social equity issues listed above. A Checklist has been created, located in Resources, to show where the issues are addressed in GRI documents. If a JUST label is attained, the Checklist is not required. If B Corp. is the certification achieved, use Checklist column marked Other Tool, and provide Page Numbers.


      • B Corporation
      • GRI G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines - Construction and Real Estate Sector Guidance – only Checklist column marked Page Numbers is required to be filled out.
    • Category 2 Frameworks:

      These frameworks address many of the social equity issues of this credit, but not all. A Checklist has been created, located in Resources, in which project teams must show where they address these other issues not found in these frameworks. The column in the template marked Other Tool should be utilized, as well as the Page Numbers column.

      Submittals

      General

      Register for the pilot credit

      Credits 83-103

      Documentation/Submittals:

      Option 1:
      • a. Provide a signed statement from the General Contractor / Construction Manager (as applicable) certifying that 60% or more of the construction value was performed by contractors paying worker wages and benefits that meet or exceed the prevailing wage determined by the Federal Davis-Bacon Act, or applicable State prevailing wage statutes.



      • b- 1.) Provide a signed statement and calculations from the General Contractor/ Construction Manager (as applicable) demonstrating that 15% or more of total project construction hours were performed by participants enrolled in registered apprenticeship programs.



      • b-2. Provide a signed statement and narrative from the General Contractor / Construction Manager (as applicable) describing the on-site training program. Include the contact information for the training provider including contact name, organization, email, phone, and website, number of sessions provided, and total attendance. Submit course schedule demonstrating one course per month for the duration of construction, at minimum.



      • b-3.) Provide copies of company policy/agreements demonstrating the dollar value and nature of the assistance available to employees, with a signed statement and calculations from the General Contractor / Construction Manager (as applicable) certifying that 60% or more of the construction value was performed by contractors providing financial assistance to employees to attend off-site training programs.



      Option 2:
      • Provide a spreadsheet for the ownership or design or construction team structure listing all equity shareholders or design or construction contract holders and the percent of equity shares or total contract value held by each participant, including subconsultants and subcontractors down to 5% of contract or equity value. Identify the participants counting towards the 50% or 20% threshold, and provide a copy of the relevant certificate or report meeting the listed standards. See the example below for reporting the ownership structure and means of meeting credit requirements; similar tables can be used for the design or construction team.





      • Provide a signed letter from the CEO/organization official confirming all Human Rights and Community/Society impacts listed in this credit have been addressed. See template under Resources. Include a link to the publically-viewable report/documentation.
      • If using JUST, submit confirmation that a JUST label has been achieved.
      • For all other certifications, complete the Checklist located in the Resources section of this pilot credit.
      Survey Questions for Project Team:
      1. Where is your project located? Did location make a difference in compliance with the credit requirements?
      2. Did pursuing this credit generate debate, discussion or adoption of new practices intended to benefit social equity, or did standard practice (e.g. for government projects) allow your team to meet the requirements? Please provide detail.
      3. Did pursuing this credit influence selection of project team members? If so, how?
      4. Are there other issues related to social equity within the project team -- but not covered by the certifications listed -- that you think should be given credit in addition to the pathways included in this pilot version?
      5. Are the metrics and thresholds for achievement appropriate for the path pursued? If no, what would be a better metric, or threshold and why?
      6. Are the option paths equivalent? If no, please explain.
      7. Does this one credit adequately address issues of compensation and social equity in the project team? If no, please explain.
      8. Should the Option Paths remain in one credit, or split into multiple credits? If multiple credits are necessary, please explain.
      *The following are links to Organizations/Standards discussed in this credit:

      Department of Labor registered apprenticeship program
      http://www.doleta.gov/OA/apprenticeship.cfm

      JUST
      justorganizations.com

      B Corp.
      bcorporation.net

      GRI
      globalreporting.org/resourcelibrary/GRI-G4-Construction-and-Real-Estate-Sector- Disclosures.pdf

      GRESB
      Gresb.com

      AA 1000 Accountability Principles and Stakeholder Engagement Standards (AA1000SES): an open-source framework for quality stakeholder engagement
      http://www.accountability.org/standards/aa1000ses/index.html)

      OECD guidelines
      http://www.oecd.org/daf/inv/mne/48004323.pdf

      ISO 26000
      http://www.iso.org/iso/catalogue_detail?csnumber=42546

      UN Global Compact
      http://www.unglobalcompact.org/AboutTheGC/index.html

      SA 8000
      http://www.sa-intl.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.ViewPage&PageID=937

      AASHE STARS
      http://www.stars.aashe.org


  • USGBC

    Excerpted from LEED 2009 for Healthcare

    IP Pilot Credit 90: Social equity within the project team

    Intent

    Encourage any and all members of the project team to promote and further social equity by integrating strategies that address identified social and economic needs and disparities among those working on the project by:

    • Creating more equitable, healthier, and more supportive environments for construction workers during project construction through:

      • Ensuring fair and equitable pay and benefits for work performe
      • Promoting employable skill development
      • Promoting personal financial and health stability
    • Promoting corporate social responsibility at an organizational level by the firms of the project owner, financier, architects/engineers, contractors, product manufacturers, etc.

    Requirements

    This credit addresses equity for people involved in the ownership, design, and construction of the project by achieving one of the following:

    Option 1

    Project demonstrates commitment to equity for construction workers through workforce pay and benefits by achieving both of the following:

    1. Paying worker wages and benefits that meet or exceed the prevailing wage determined by the Federal Davis-Bacon Act, or applicable State prevailing wage statutes, whichever is higher. For projects located outside the United States, prevailing wage is defined as the most commonly paid wage for each type of work in the project’s region (i.e. the mode average; it will vary based on job and region, and is generally substantially higher than a legal minimum wage). Statistics on average wages may be available from government labor agencies, labor organizations, or other sources.
    2. AND

    3. Participation in, or providing of, access to workforce development training through one or more of the following.

      1. Job-Related Skills training through on the job training in a Department of Labor registered apprenticeship program*
      2. Life-Skills training programs conducted on the construction site including such things as, GED test preparation, English as second language (ESL) courses, financial literacy, debt management, first-time home buying, or entrepreneurship training
      3. Financial assistance in the form of scholarships, stipends, or sponsorships for workers to attend life-skills training programs conducted off-site such as pre-apprenticeship training, English as a second language (ESL) courses, GED test preparation, financial literacy, debt management, first-time home buying, or entrepreneurship training
      4. USGBC-approved equivalent


    OR

    Option 2

    Project team companies have demonstrated social responsibility on a company level by achieving certification, or developing a social responsibility report, based on the organizations below.

    Portions of at least one member company of project team must achieve certification(s) or develop a report(s) in the following proportions:

    • Owner / Investors - 50% or more of the investors/owners (by dollar value of ownership)
    • OR

    • Design team - 20% or more of the design team (by dollar value of design contracts)
    • OR

    • Construction team - 20% of construction contracts (by dollar value)
    • Owners / Investors may include institutions (e.g. government agencies, universities, etc.) or private companies. In the case where the intended Owner does not own more than 50% of the project (e.g. in the case of investor-backed private real-estate development projects), companies investing in the project should be considered part of the “project team” for the purposes of this credit. Investment Funds, Real Estate Investment Trusts, and other investors may contribute to meeting the credit threshold based on their share of financial equity in the project and their completion of a certification or report.

      Certifications/reporting must must be publically accessible, be created within 2 years of submission, and must address the following issues at a minimum.

      Human rights

      • No child / forced labor / bonded labor
      • Health and safety procedures and training
      • Right of freedom of association
      • Non-discrimination
      • Diversity and equal opportunity
      • Discipline / harassment and grievance procedures
      • Fair working hours and compensation
      • Anti-corruption and bribery

      Community/Society impacts

      • Responsible investment
      • Training and education
      • Anti-collusive behavior
      • Supplier assessment
      • Community involvement

      Frameworks to be utilized may be from one of the following two categories of organizations:

      • Category 1 Frameworks:

        These frameworks have the capacity to address all of the social equity issues listed above. A Checklist has been created, located in Resources, to show where the issues are addressed in GRI documents. If a JUST label is attained, the Checklist is not required. If B Corp. is the certification achieved, use Checklist column marked Other Tool, and provide Page Numbers.


      • B Corporation
      • GRI G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines - Construction and Real Estate Sector Guidance – only Checklist column marked Page Numbers is required to be filled out.
    • Category 2 Frameworks:

      These frameworks address many of the social equity issues of this credit, but not all. A Checklist has been created, located in Resources, in which project teams must show where they address these other issues not found in these frameworks. The column in the template marked Other Tool should be utilized, as well as the Page Numbers column.

      Submittals

      General

      Register for the pilot credit

      Credits 83-103

      Documentation/Submittals:

      Option 1:
      • a. Provide a signed statement from the General Contractor / Construction Manager (as applicable) certifying that 60% or more of the construction value was performed by contractors paying worker wages and benefits that meet or exceed the prevailing wage determined by the Federal Davis-Bacon Act, or applicable State prevailing wage statutes.



      • b- 1.) Provide a signed statement and calculations from the General Contractor/ Construction Manager (as applicable) demonstrating that 15% or more of total project construction hours were performed by participants enrolled in registered apprenticeship programs.



      • b-2. Provide a signed statement and narrative from the General Contractor / Construction Manager (as applicable) describing the on-site training program. Include the contact information for the training provider including contact name, organization, email, phone, and website, number of sessions provided, and total attendance. Submit course schedule demonstrating one course per month for the duration of construction, at minimum.



      • b-3.) Provide copies of company policy/agreements demonstrating the dollar value and nature of the assistance available to employees, with a signed statement and calculations from the General Contractor / Construction Manager (as applicable) certifying that 60% or more of the construction value was performed by contractors providing financial assistance to employees to attend off-site training programs.



      Option 2:
      • Provide a spreadsheet for the ownership or design or construction team structure listing all equity shareholders or design or construction contract holders and the percent of equity shares or total contract value held by each participant, including subconsultants and subcontractors down to 5% of contract or equity value. Identify the participants counting towards the 50% or 20% threshold, and provide a copy of the relevant certificate or report meeting the listed standards. See the example below for reporting the ownership structure and means of meeting credit requirements; similar tables can be used for the design or construction team.





      • Provide a signed letter from the CEO/organization official confirming all Human Rights and Community/Society impacts listed in this credit have been addressed. See template under Resources. Include a link to the publically-viewable report/documentation.
      • If using JUST, submit confirmation that a JUST label has been achieved.
      • For all other certifications, complete the Checklist located in the Resources section of this pilot credit.
      Survey Questions for Project Team:
      1. Where is your project located? Did location make a difference in compliance with the credit requirements?
      2. Did pursuing this credit generate debate, discussion or adoption of new practices intended to benefit social equity, or did standard practice (e.g. for government projects) allow your team to meet the requirements? Please provide detail.
      3. Did pursuing this credit influence selection of project team members? If so, how?
      4. Are there other issues related to social equity within the project team -- but not covered by the certifications listed -- that you think should be given credit in addition to the pathways included in this pilot version?
      5. Are the metrics and thresholds for achievement appropriate for the path pursued? If no, what would be a better metric, or threshold and why?
      6. Are the option paths equivalent? If no, please explain.
      7. Does this one credit adequately address issues of compensation and social equity in the project team? If no, please explain.
      8. Should the Option Paths remain in one credit, or split into multiple credits? If multiple credits are necessary, please explain.
      *The following are links to Organizations/Standards discussed in this credit:

      Department of Labor registered apprenticeship program
      http://www.doleta.gov/OA/apprenticeship.cfm

      JUST
      justorganizations.com

      B Corp.
      bcorporation.net

      GRI
      globalreporting.org/resourcelibrary/GRI-G4-Construction-and-Real-Estate-Sector- Disclosures.pdf

      GRESB
      Gresb.com

      AA 1000 Accountability Principles and Stakeholder Engagement Standards (AA1000SES): an open-source framework for quality stakeholder engagement
      http://www.accountability.org/standards/aa1000ses/index.html)

      OECD guidelines
      http://www.oecd.org/daf/inv/mne/48004323.pdf

      ISO 26000
      http://www.iso.org/iso/catalogue_detail?csnumber=42546

      UN Global Compact
      http://www.unglobalcompact.org/AboutTheGC/index.html

      SA 8000
      http://www.sa-intl.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.ViewPage&PageID=937

      AASHE STARS
      http://www.stars.aashe.org


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Jon Hall GGLO
Apr 29 2016
LEEDuser Member
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Meeting the credit intent

The credit intent states the following:

Encourage any and all members of the project team to promote and further social equity by integrating strategies that address identified social and economic needs and disparities among those working on the project by:
• Creating more equitable, healthier, and more supportive environments for construction workers during project construction through:
o Ensuring fair and equitable pay and benefits for work performed
o Promoting employable skill development
o Promoting personal financial and health stability
• Promoting corporate social responsibility at an organizational level by the firms of the project owner, financier, architects/engineers, contractors, product manufacturers, etc.

However, the two credit options address different aspects of the intent. Option 1 addresses ‘Creating more equitable, healthier, and more supportive environments for construction workers’ and Option 2 addresses “Promoting corporate social responsibility.” Would this credit be better served as an “and/or” credit, with a potential for up to two points? Or, should this credit remain combined or be separated into two discrete social equity credits?

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Jon Hall GGLO
Apr 20 2016
LEEDuser Member
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Label Requirements Clarification

While documenting this credit, we noticed that there is some uncertainty regarding the current status of the JUST Label. Our assumption is that to meet this credit, the JUST Label must be obtained and currently unexpired at the time of the LEED review submittal, however, the language of the credit only suggests that the JUST Label must be achieved at some time before submission. We suggest this should be clarified.

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Alicia Daniels Uhlig Principal, Director of Sustainability GGLO
Jan 22 2016
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Applying IPpc90 beyond BD+C projects

Project Location: United States

Has anyone pursued this credit on a LEED for Homes Multifamily Midrise v2010 project? Or ID+C v2009?

IPpc90 Social Equity within the Project Team is a straightforward credit for team members that have a JUST label - one more reason for teams to explore http://justorganizations.com/

The pilot credit process is clear for typical BD+C (NC, CS, etc) projects. However, the registration process could be streamlined for teams pursuing other rating systems such as LEED for Homes Multifamily Midrise v2010 (or as the USGBC pilot credit registration page http://www.usgbc.org/pilot-credit-registration calls it, “LEED BD+C Multifamily Midrise”) We are checking with our LEED for Homes Provider, but anticipate this will be a typical credit to pursue on most LEED projects (residential mid- and high-rise, commercial NC and CS, mixed-use projects, new construction as well as major renovations).

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Alicia Daniels Uhlig Principal, Director of Sustainability, GGLO Feb 18 2016 Guest 17 Thumbs Up

Good news - USGBC has accepted IPpc90 Social Equity within the Project Team for a LEED for Homes Multifamily Midrise v2010 project (using Option 2, Design Team’s JUST label)

The IPpc90 registration process for LEED-H MMR is not finalized. Until then, teams will need to 1) document, 2) participate in the LEEDuser forum, 3) fill out the survey, and 4) send to the LEED for Homes Provider. The Provider will transmit items to USGBC and USGBC’s official approval via email will be referenced during the final certification review.

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