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Downturns as severe as the current recession force many companies to confront extremely tough business decisions. It’s at these “moments of truth” that customers, employees, competitors and others are watching closely to see that a company’s actions match their stated values and commitments on issues of corporate social responsibility. The stakes are high. But farsighted companies will recognize these times as a great opportunity to show leadership, build their reputations and create stronger bonds with their customers and employees.

“It’s simple,” said Chris Rowe, president and owner of Echo Pacific Construction Inc. “We consider it our responsibility to devote resources to improving the quality of life in our home communities and the communities in which we perform work, regardless.”

Echo’s vision is to maintain its reputation as one of California’s leading construction services firms and to be recognized as a company whose corporate social responsibility is most closely aligned with the way it does business -- beyond expectation.

“We contribute to the economic success of communities through our day-to-day business, by providing jobs in our own operations as well as creating opportunity for suppliers and subcontractors along the way. In communities including Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties, we positively affect and expand businesses that do business with us. Everyone wins when our local communities are thriving,” Rowe said.

As a company, Echo Pacific does more than contribute financially to local communities -- action is encouraged by employees. Many employees serve as youth sports team coaches, civic group volunteers and youth program leaders. Whether it's sponsoring a team in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, building a Habitat for Humanity home in an economically challenged neighborhood or simply mentoring high school students looking for career guidance, Echo encourages companywide support.

In a difficult economy, when every aspect of the construction community is under scrutiny, some might ask whether Echo can afford to focus on corporate responsibility. To that Echo responds: We can’t afford not to. Corporate responsibility -- operating in a way that is good for people and profits -- is no longer optional. It is that strategic and decision-making approach that Echo Pacific follows to create long-term value. When it comes to matters of the communities we serve, share and share alike. Echo Pacific also encourages collaboration with other business owners and welcomes opportunities to work together on more ambitious projects and perhaps share the costs.

Echo Pacific Construction Inc., headquartered in Escondido, is a cooperative, responsive and comprehensive company that builds projects for both public and private entities throughout California. Echo Pacific was awarded a 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010 “Excellence in Construction Award” by the ABC of San Diego Chapter and 2009 “Build San Diego Award of Merit,” 2009 & 2010 “Industry Excellence Award Nominee,” and 2007 “Contractor of the Year” by the AGC of San Diego.

Submitted by Echo Pacific Construction Inc.

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