Ethics and Compliance

Ethical Conduct

Since James McHugh Construction Co. was founded in 1897, we have operated with an unwavering commitment to honesty and integrity. It’s one of our core values. That's how we were raised; that's how we do business, and that’s how we conduct ourselves personally.

All McHugh personnel participate in ethics training as part of our best practices program, and each employee is provided with a skill set that helps them make the best decisions and, when appropriate, seek input from more knowledgeable staff members.

As a principal member of the Construction Industry Ethics and Compliance Initiative (CIECI), McHugh partners with other companies in the construction industry who are committed to the highest level of ethics, conduct, and compliance with the law.



Compliance Programs

McHugh has a long-standing commitment to fostering a diverse workforce and building strong relationships with disadvantaged-, minority- and women-owned businesses; small and disadvantaged-owned businesses; HUBZone, veteran, and service disabled, veteran-owned businesses. We employ a corporate compliance officer who directs our program, monitors and reports on our progress; and coordinates our outreach programs.

To help us ensure proper participation of D/M/WBE firms on our projects, we train all personnel on our Guidelines for Working With D/M/WBEs. The purposes of these guidelines are to:

  • Assist the estimating team in preparing a D/M/WBE Utilization Plan prior to bid submittal; and
  • Ensure that each D/M/WBE subcontractor performs a commercially useful function

McHugh is a long-time member/supporter of several local assist agencies including:

  • Federation of Women Contractors (FWC)
  • Hispanic-American Construction Industry Association (HACIA)
  • Black Contractors United (BCU)
  • Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC)
  • African-American Contractors Association (AACA)
  • Coalition for United Community Action (CUCA)

Contact our corporate compliance officer

Natalie T. Pedraza




To reinforce our commitment to honesty and integrity, McHugh has an Ethics Hotline in place that is administered by third-party provider, Ethical Advocate. This service gives individuals the ability to report anonymously and confidentially if they choose to do so. 

Other agencies:

DOT FraudNet Hotline - 800.424.9071
Illinois Office of the Executive Inspector General Hotline - 866.814.1113
IDOT Fraud Hotline - 800.455.5008
ISTHA Office of Inspector General – 866.786.5544
Chicago Office of Inspector General – 866.448.4754


Contact information for Ethical Advocate and other applicable agencies is posted at all jobsites and office locations. These services are available to all employees and subcontractors 24 hours a day/365 days a year.