These six finalists all stood out for their exceptional commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment for all of their employees.
A-one+ Integrated Highway Services
A-one+ mobilised on two new contracts in Kent and Yorkshire & the Humber in 2016, and swiftly set about establishing working groups for diversity and inclusion.
The firm tracked feedback with surveys conducted at 12-month intervals, finding a significant improvement in diversity metrics in the latest survey. A-one+ also created a network of support for those with mental health concerns, including the use of mental health first aiders.
Carillion van worker 1
In 2016 Carillion launched its Think Difference programme, aiming to tackle unconscious bias by encouraging everyone to change their mindsets – especially when recruiting, appraising and considering development.
Starting with the chief executive’s leadership team, more than 1,200 people had taken part in workshops at the time of entry, with more planned. The firm also recently launched its Diversity Council, which brings together networks covering under-represented areas such as people with disabilities.
CITA 2017 Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Carillion Morgan Sindall JV
Carillion Morgan Sindall Joint Venture
The A1 Leeming-to-Barton initiative sought to create a more open, diverse and inclusive organisation.
The Carillion Morgan Sindall JV implemented diverse employment and training strategies, and worked closely with the National Skills Academy for Construction to deliver a lasting legacy for the workforce. In particular, its efforts with Workfit and the Down’s Syndrome Association have seen the JV further increase its recruitment from diverse pools of workers.
CITA 2017 Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Mace
With support from Women in Science and Engineering and the Everywoman network, Mace developed an internal programme called Mace Women of the Future, to help retain and develop future female leaders.
This was sponsored by chief executive Mark Reynolds and supported by other business leaders, including major clients such as the Crown Estate. At the time of entry, two cohorts had been involved in the programme, involving more than 100 women.
CITA 2017 Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Mott MacDonald
Mott MacDonald’s Advance Employer network is sponsored by the firm’s global chair, with the strategic committee headed by a female director in the business alongside other managers.
The network’s operational committee is then led by regional champions, and in September last year Mott MacDonald created further branches within the network dedicated to disability, gender, race, parents and carers, and LGBT+ inclusion.
In May this year, the company launched its equality, diversity and inclusion goals, supported by tangible actions to ensure commitments are met.
CITA 2017 Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Network Rail
Network Rail’s Diversity West network has helped to change perceptions and mindsets, and is one of the largest such initiatives within the organisation.
The network is a collaboration between the Western Route and the Great Western & Crossrail region, covering around 4,000 employees.
Through careful planning and collaboration, the network has promoted equal opportunities and embraced difference throughout the workforce.