In post COVID-19 markets, investment in major construction programmes as a means to stimulate growth will be more prevalent than ever before. Collectively, our industry will need to step up to deliver this unprecedented volume of work, build a highly-skilled workforce that is more diverse and more productive, inspire and appeal to a new generation and keep the climate emergency at the forefront of our thinking.
Our global team of nearly 7,000 people draws on diverse thought, skills and experience to help our clients address their challenges.
As a result, our people and our work have been recognised by numerous project awards including the prestigious RICS social impact awards across the UK. We have also received several individual awards, including at the Middle East Construction awards and at the Indian Business Women conference and awards 2020.
While digital tools and new technologies are being embraced to boost productivity, it is our talent and the way we work that creates our difference.
We ask; we listen; we act
We value our amazing blend of people. Ensuring we do the right thing by them starts with an open dialogue, particularly as our business continues to grow at pace.
This year, our new quarterly Peakon employee survey provided another channel to help give our people a voice. We achieved an average score of 8.1 out of 10 for treating people from all backgrounds fairly and we were voted one of the best places to work in the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards.
This feedback is encouraging, but we can always do more. Our ability to respond quickly to changing employee needs is critical and led to the recent launch of our "let’s talk…" employee round table events on diversity in response to the issues highlighted by the Black Lives Matter movement around the world.
A diverse business
In 2018, we committed to reaching 60:40 gender split across our business by 2025. Two years on, we are on track to meet this target. We are proud of the programmes we have put in place to support women in our business and within our communities, particularly our career returners programme in the UK and The Bridge initiative in the USA.
Supporting indigenous communities continues to be a focus in response to the unacceptable inequality that exists around the world.
Our Black Empowerment initiative in South Africa goes from strength to strength and in Australia our reconciliation journey has seen us take positive action to support first nation communities through our commercial projects, community outreach and talent pipelines.
We recognise the intrinsic link between diversity and wellbeing. In 2019, we grew our mental health first aider network and we became a premium supporter of the charitable programme, Mates in Mind, to drive the conversation about mental health in our industry.
Our internal health, safety and well-being strategy has secured us ISO 45001 accreditations in the UK, Ireland, Australia and Singapore.
We were also acknowledged as Health & Safety Team of the Year at the UK Safety and Health Excellence Awards in 2019.
Addressing inequality in our communities
Our #TT5000futures campaign, which launched in June 2018, has reached over 15,000 lives worldwide through a range of education and employment programmes to help lift young people out of poverty.
When the COVID-19 lockdown took hold across the globe, we continued to work alongside our charity partnerships to support home learning.
In America our mentoring schemes moved online and in the UK, we worked with the National Literacy Trust to ensure each child in our programmes had a book of their own before schools closed. We also pivoted our Action for Children Education Fund to provide children with other vital home-learning supplies.
After several years of intervention, results have shown that our work is helping to drive social mobility, inspire the next generation to join the construction industry and address the growing skills gap.
Our case studies
Find out more about how we're working with our communities and striving to address diversity and inclusion in our business and the industry.