Lendlease has become only the second construction company to be awarded the National Equality Standard for its approach to diversity and inclusion.
The standard is independently assessed by professional services firm EY and supported by the Home Office, business group the CBI and the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Lendlease has introduced wellbeing leave for all employees, rolled out mental health training to more than 600 staff, and introduced a 50:50 graduate intake to grow the number of women entering the industry.
The firm is one of only 15 companies so far to achieve the National Equality Standard across all industries.
Interserve is the only other built environment representative, having achieved the NES in February.
Lendlease chief executive oficer for international operations Dan Labbad said: “We are pleased to have been recognised as the first property group to successfully achieve this highly regarded standard.
“Promoting greater diversity and inclusivity is a key industry challenge and the work of the National Equality Standard provides a valuable platform to help businesses address this important priority.”
National Equality Standard chief executive Arun Batra said: “I am absolutely delighted that Lendlease has become the first property group and one of the first construction companies to obtain the National Equality Standard.
“The hard work that they have undertaken and the obvious commitment they have demonstrated to their diversity and inclusion agenda is something which they should be very proud of.”