WELCOME TO THE IBEW CODE OF EXCELLENCE PROGRAM
What is the Code of Excellence Program? The IBEW Code of Excellence Program (COE) for the electrical industry is designed to ensure the highest standards of excellence on each and every IBEW workplace. Leaders and members commit to demonstrating the IBEW’s core values in everything they do. Those core values are known as SPARQ:
What are the goals of the Code of Excellence Program? In the electrical industry, the customer or end-user of our services will determine whether we perform future work. Therefore, it’s important that when people think of the IBEW, they think of quality, professionalism, safety, and overall excellence. When that happens, the IBEW is seen as the first choice for the job. With that as our objective, the goals of the program are to:
- Create a culture where safety is a top priority
- Hold one another accountable to the standards of excellence
- Provide a mechanism for addressing issues on the job before they escalate
- Promote a sense of pride in our work
Is this a labor/management program? The Code of Excellence is an IBEW program, designed to instill a sense of pride and professionalism in our members. Leaders and members of the IBEW who commit to the Code do so because they know that demonstrating our SPARQ values are what set us apart from other electrical workers. However, the IBEW has a long history of productive labor-management partnerships, and the Code of Excellence has proven successful when the employer partners with our union. When working together, the IBEW and our employers have created a solutions-driven and proactive program that benefits our members, employers, and communities.
Who are the stakeholders and what is their role? The success of the Code of Excellence depends upon each stakeholder’s commitment to carry out their defined roles. Of course, everyone on the jobsite is a key stakeholder: members, supervisors, managers, and stewards. But, the leadership of the union and the employer are who set the tone and expectations for success. It is up to them to define what success looks like and communicate those expectations. When each stakeholder is clear about what is expected, it is possible to hold one another accountable to performing their duties under the Code of Excellence.
How is the Code of Excellence implemented? When a local union commits to the Code of Excellence, there is a formal training program that has been implemented across the USA and Canada. Local union leadership provides training for members about the expectations and opportunities that align with the implementation of the Code of Excellence. Training is also available for jobsite supervisors. In addition to membership training, Excellence Stewards receive a specific training that enables them to carry out the program on the jobsite. These stewards are the critical link between the members, union leadership, and the employer. Once the program is implemented, ongoing awareness and communication is a core component of keeping the values of the Code at the forefront of every job.
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