MEI's Corporate & Social Responsibility
Across more than two decades, MEI companies have become a leading Latino-Owned Minority Business Enterprise certified by the Supplier Clearinghouse, as overseen by the Utility Supplier Diversity Program of the California Public Utilities Commission. All MEI companies are also part of the National Minority Supplier Development Councils. The MEI family of companies commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, not only in its workforce, but in its supply chain, begins with founder Alex Meruelo and his dedication to bolstering economic opportunities. As the son of Cuban immigrants, he has promoted a forward-thinking vision for the company and a passion for the community.
Our companies firmly believes that it is our Corporate Social Responsibility to provide economic mobility, opportunity, and environmental sustainability, as leading stewards to our communities because they are the heart of our society’s future. With our founder’s roots tracing back to Cuba, our Latino leaders have paved the way and set the stage for all minorities to take action, feel inspired, and rise up to make a difference, no matter how big or small.
Recognizing our key role as a community business partner, our leadership team continues to focus on creating equity through supply-chain diversity and we value those companies who are like-minded in their commitment to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of business. Our companies’ promise to our partners, clients, and employees is to share our own good fortune by allocating at least an annual average of 25% of total budget on spend with other MBE businesses.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are not independent ideas, but an intersection of values that represent a culture of belonging. Our companies’ roots are founded in a family-owned business and we continue to treat each of our employees just as we would any valued member of our family. Our family of companies want others to succeed as much as we strive to achieve our own success. Working together, across boundaries like heritage, race, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, education, skills and experience, we can accomplish much more than on our own! Our companies take pride that the makeup of our workforce is a reflection of the diverse communities we serve. As our family of companies continue to grow, the only question is, “What will you bring to the table?”
MEI subsidiaries are committed to sustainable business practices, recognizing our collective impact on the planet and our responsibility for environmental stewardship. Among our ongoing partnerships, Our companies are is proud to serve as a prime contractor for SoCal Gas, SoCal Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric, our largest customers, which we commend for embracing the State of California’s long-term goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045.
MEI companies’ overarching goal is to continually monitor and evaluate MEI’s ecological footprint and to work with suppliers, subcontractors and partners who reflect this commitment. While complying with all environmental laws, we seek to be a leader in the utility construction industry through a matrix of practices that span recycling and reuse, e-waste disposal, resource conservation and efficiency, and public cleanup initiatives including our recent partnership with Cal State Parks. Both in the office and in the field, we strive to ensure the highest standards.