The JUST Program was developed by the International Living Future Institute to complement its Living Building Challenge (LBC). Over the past year, we have spent time studying the LBC, and supporting case studies, to incorporate this stringent standard into what we do at DSAI.
One of the unique things we like about the LBC is that, not only does it require the design of regenerative buildings, it requires members of a project team to look at the social and environmental equity of their companies.
When Douglas Sollows Architect Inc. registered for our first Living Building Challenge project, we undertook the endeavour of earning our JUST Label, something we like to compare to the nutrition labels found on our food.
The JUST Program scores companies on 6 defined metrics to determine a company’s social justice score: Diversity, Equity, Safety, Worker Benefit, Local Benefit, and Stewardship.
Since starting our JUST journey we have spent time reviewing, and in some cases, writing new policies that complement our commitment to sustainability, and ensure DSAI’s accountability for supporting a more equitable community.
“In a relatively short timeframe since program launch, the JUST™ Program has garnered worldwide interest and is helping organizations develop better employee engagement policies and community stewardship practices. We are delighted that Douglas Sollows Architect Inc. has earned the distinction of being the first business in the Province of Alberta to earn the JUST™ Label.” - Francis Janes, JUST Program Manager, International Living Future Institute
Douglas Sollows Architect Inc. is pleased with the results of our first social justice audit through the JUST Program! We look forward to continually improving DSAI’s JUST performance, and hope to inspire other companies in Alberta and around the globe to do the same.