February is celebrated as Black History Month in the U.S. and Canada, to honor and commemorate the contributions and accomplishments of the Black community and their profound influence on our shared global culture. At Procore, we celebrate Black culture and community with the support of our employees and industry partners of Black African descent, alongside allies.
Empowering through ProBLAC
Procore’s ProBLAC Employee Resource Group (ERG) began in 2019, and is an employee-led, volunteer community whose mission is to provide an inclusive network primarily focused on building community and support for Procorians of Black African descent. Throughout this month, ProBLAC takes center stage, orchestrating a wide range of educational and community events that not only celebrate Black culture but also spotlight its invaluable contributions to our industry. Highlights include a captivating performance by Jess Suilenroc, a staunch HBCU advocate and alumni, and an insightful fireside chat with Mr. Moody, President and CEO of C.D. Moody Construction, one of the largest African-American construction companies in the U.S.
Collaborations and Partnerships
Transformation in the construction industry is at the heart of our mission, with meaningful collaborations serving as the bedrock of our endeavors.
- In 2020, we created the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program, to solve the lack of access and training on construction technology for DBEs. We've expanded our community impact through continued collaboration with top minority contractor associations U.S. Minority Contractors Association (USMCA) and the National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC) to provide members with free Procore product training, educational resources, and a discounted buying program for the Procore platform. USMCA has awarded Procore as their Philanthropist of the Year for two consecutive years as a result of the support provided to their members.
- We recently partnered with Tough Leaf, a certified small business that bridges connections between DBEs and general contractors.
- Procore continues to invest in supporting the education and career development of Black students. In 2021, we partnered with the AGC Education and Research Foundation to assist Black students studying construction at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Our $250,000 donation was matched by industry participants to raise over half a million dollars for the fund, which began distributing scholarships last year. Through our university program, we provide students pursuing construction degrees at six HBCUs exposure to cutting-edge construction technology through the Procore platform.
Through these partnerships, we strive to foster the growth of future Black leaders in the industry, thereby contributing to a global construction workforce that is not just diverse but empowered.
We all have a role to play in continuing to drive positive change. Let’s do it together, this February and beyond!