The Importance of Integrity

by Tina Jaycox

On February 1, 2018, 17 NYC Asbestos Inspectors were arrested, accused of failing to inspect hundreds of construction sites, then falsely certifying them as safe or misrepresenting lab results to conceal asbestos findings. These inspectors may have put the health of workers at risk at thousands of construction sites in New York City. According to news reports, they are under criminal indictment for falsely certifying thousands of construction sites in Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island in the past year. Certifying that sites are asbestos free without actually performing an investigation to make sure that the sites are safe exposes others to potentially serious health risks. This is simply unacceptable. It’s a matter of integrity.

By definition, integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness. It also happens to the be the foundation on which our firm was built. At 25, when Chris Hillmann was in the early stages of his career, he experienced a situation similar to the one making headlines recently. That moment, back in 1985, ultimately lead him to become an entrepreneur. Watch as he recounts that early experience in this candid video:

As Chris states in this video, “credibility, as a consultant, is the most important thing that you have.” When you’re in the consulting field, people are putting their trust in you. As environmental consultants, it’s our job to protect the value of our client’s property and the health and safety of their people. We take that very seriously. We are passionate about the work we do and we know that we’re making a difference, one project at a time, in communities across the nation. It’s part of the reason that some of our clients have been with us for 30+ years even though another consultant may give them a lower price. Our expertise and service are unrivaled, and we truly care about safeguarding people from potential hazards, risks, and loss. By linking our enduring values with the values and priorities of our clients, we provide a unique approach that combines our expert technical skills with a strong understanding of our client’s business objectives. That’s why people choose Hillmann.