Statement of Non-Discrimination

The West Tennessee Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., as the voice of the Merit Shop in the Mid South construction industry, believes in the system of Open Competition and Free Enterprise. We believe that the destiny of all Americans can best be served by following the tenets of Free Enterprise and democratic government. We believe that work opportunities in this nation should be made available to all people, regardless of race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin or other protected class, and we support programs which advance this goal. We assume the responsibility of making the Merit Shop voice heard and to that end we make the following commitment to non-discrimination:

  1. We pledge that no individual as an owner or authorized manager of a construction industry-related firm desiring membership in the West Tennessee Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors will be denied membership on the basis of race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin or other protected class.
  2. We pledge that no individual, whether or not employed by or affiliated with any member company, will be denied any service or opportunity provided by the West Tennessee Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors on the basis of race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin or other protected class.
  3. We will advocate that member companies of the West Tennessee Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors adopt and actively practice a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin or other protected class, in employment, solicitation of bids, awarding of contracts and delivery of services.
  4. The West Tennessee Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors recognizes the value of diversity to the community. We pledge to actively foster respect for all people regardless of race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin or other protected class, and to strive for diversity in our membership.

ADOPTED February 11, 2004