A diverse workforce is a proven competitive advantage – and these are the construction companies that are leading their markets on inclusion.
CN Awards 2018 Diversity Amey
Amey has taken a number of steps to ensure its workforce is as diverse as possible. To this end, the firm’s chief executive has taken personal ownership over the company’s diversity and inclusion strategy, naming it as one of his five business priorities. The company’s executive team has made significant progress and now features three women and two people from BAME backgrounds.
More than 1,800 Amey managers have completed unconscious bias training to ensure everyone in the business has equal opportunities, while more than 900 of its employees are part of one of its diversity networks. Among its goals, the company is aiming to increase the number of BAME employees to account for 10 per cent of the workforce by 2022.
CN Awards 2018 Diversity Arcadis
In 2017 Arcadis pressed forward in creating a more diverse and inclusive workforce, making sure all staff are engaging in this agenda from senior management down. The company reports that its work has not gone unnoticed, with clients and suppliers reaching out to seek advice on how to set up action groups and run diversity events.
Arcadis’ diversity programme has also focused on getting people from different faiths and races into the business and setting up education programmes to talk about these issues. The business aims to further develop its diversity forums and practices throughout 2018 and beyond.
CN Awards 2018 Diversity Colas
In 2017, Colas’ CEO and HR department set up a diversity and inclusion programme that marked a major step towards the company becoming more inclusive.
Training on diversity issues was rolled out across the workforce and focus groups were set up to gain insight into how inclusive the company’s culture was and which areas needed improvement.
Recruitment practices have been put under the microscope, with job adverts assessed to see whether the right language is used to attract applications from different demographics. Furthermore, the percentage of employees who have a disability has increased from 4 per cent to 10 per cent within just 12 months.
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CN Awards 2018 Diversity Kier
Last year saw Kier push forward in its bid to create a more diverse workforce. The company announced it was targeting a 70:30 gender split for hiring by 2020 and also joined #BuildingEquality, an industry-wide network group that focuses on increasing awareness and inclusion of the LGBT community in construction.
As part of its commitment to the Ban the Box campaign, the company removed the criminal convictions tick-box on application forms to give ex-offenders a fair chance to compete for jobs. The firm also devised training initiatives such as interactive eLearning and a board game to enable conversations on diversity and inclusion.
CN Awards 2018 Diversity Lendlease
Lendlease aims to make diversity an integral part of its business strategy in order to create an ever more competitive business. Currently, one in five of its workforce are women, compared with an industry average of around one in 10.
Lendlease was the first large construction company to publish its gender pay gap in 2017 ahead of the April 2018 deadline set by government. It outlined an extensive plan to tackle the pay gap in the business and is now embarking on these initiatives.
In addition, leaders at the top of the business hold executive sponsor roles and visibly support diversity networks, such as the company’s LGBT and women in construction networks.