On October 20, Lendlease employees handed out rainbow-colored shoelaces to construction workers at Columbia University’s Manhattanville Development for Spirit Day, an event created to foster solidarity and raise awareness for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. Employees of Lendlease also wore purple as a way to commemorate the day.

“At Lendlease, our vision is to create the best places, and to do that Lendlease has to be a best place to work for all,” Aole Ansari, executive general manager, Lendlease Healthcare, and chairman of the Lendlease Diversity Council, said in a press release. “By celebrating Spirit Day and showing our support for LGBT youth, Lendlease commits to becoming an industry leader in diversity.”

Spirit Day has been observed annually since 2010.