Spinnaker Group is First JUST Organization
in the State of Florida
Weston, FL (March 17, 2016) The Spinnaker Group
is proud to announce they are now part of the
International Living Future Institute’s (ILFI) JUST
Program. JUST provides a transparent platform
of disclosure – a “nutrition label” – for socially
responsible organizations and corporations.
"In a relatively short timeframe since our program
launch, the JUST Program has garnered worldwide
interest and is helping organizations develop better
employee engagement policies and community
stewardship practices. We are very happy to see
The Spinnaker Group join the ranks of JUST labeled
organizations with the distinction of being the first
company in the State of Florida to earn the JUST
Label," stated Francis Janes, JUST Program
Manager, ILFI. ILFI’s Living Building Challenge (LBC)
now requires at least one JUST organization to be
a "major team member" for projects targeting
LBC v3.0 certification. The Spinnaker Group has
been at the forefront of bringing the LBC to South
Florida; indeed, the company co-founded the LBC
Florida Collaborative. TSG is also educating the
local A/E/C Industry on the Living Building
Challenge. The Spinnaker Group qualified for the
JUST label through internal policies in key JUST
categories such as diversity, equity, safety,
employee benefit, local benefit and community
Some Company Highlights of the JUST Label:
- Diversity and Equity: Spinnaker's Ethnic Diversity and Living Wage garnered Level 3 recognition – the highest ranking in the JUST program. TSG boats 8% difference in Ethnic Diversity when compared to the State of Florida’s Census Percentage, and TSG offers a Living Wage that is nearly 32% above that standard for Broward County.
- Worker Happiness: The Spinnaker Group is a unique company. Reducing the company’s carbon footprint and maintaining happy employees is integral to the corporate culture. TSG has won the South Florida Business Journal’s "Best Places to Work Award", and also scored the highest level of Worker Happiness in the JUST program. This happiness is measured not only by these standards but is also evident in work performed for our clients.
- Positive Products: The Spinnaker Group supports the betterment of the environment through sustainable products, practices and services. Furthermore, TSG promotes the use of renewable energy, water purification, affordable housing, public transportation, pollution and waste management, health care and safety, improvements in nutritional foods, animal welfare, conservation and reclamation of the natural environment, advancements in education, promotion of the arts and sciences, and the elimination of discrimination, poverty and other social and economic inequalities and injustices, all of which helped TSG garner Level 3 recognitions for JUST.
The Living Building Challenge was the first green building program to incorporate equity criteria with the launch of the Equity Petal in 2009; version 3.0 of the standard further highlights impacts on communities with the addition of new imperatives. GGLO is participating in the JUST program in support of elevating the equity conversation in all organizations that shape our community, not just those that manufacture products and construct projects.
The Spinnaker family look forward to working together with clients, community and elected officials to promote equity discussions in every aspect of our built environment.