A Special Report & Charter on Diversity and Inclusion

The business case for increasing diversity and inclusion in the construction industry could not be clearer. What we build should meet the needs of society. That is hard to achieve if we are not sufficiently diverse and, as an industry, do not reflect society.

Why this matters


The numbers within our report reveal that diversity and inclusion in construction is a matter of individual business survival. A growing body of evidence suggests that it is also a matter of business success.

That is the focus for this report and charter: that the issue of diversity and inclusion is one of vital strategic importance for construction business leaders right now, and it sets out the steps they need to take to get their organisations moving in the right direction. 

 

What we want to achieve


Getting moving in the right direction is the load-bearing idea here, because change cannot happen overnight. Most organisations that now enjoy enviable records on diversity and inclusion started from somewhere very different. It is a journey an organisation must start and involves changing cultures and processes over time within a given organisation’s unique context. This charter is intended to encourage the first step in that journey. 

The five actions recommended here are not difficult in and of themselves but making all five work together over time to produce results will take thought and commitment.

You can take action


If you share our ambition to make this industry fairer and more open to others, then sign up to our Charter. You can use these 5 actions to make a difference in your organisation and encourage others to do the same.

1. Show Leadership

We will demonstrate visible senior leadership by highlighting the benefits of diversity and inclusion in both internal and external messaging and action. 

2. Make a plan

We will create a plan including targets where appropriate, and any other action needed to: address under-representation; reduce identified pay gaps; and/or ensure equitable development and progression for all.

3. Shape the culture

We will prominently display messages promoting an inclusive culture and making it clear that innapropriate or discriminatory language or behaviour will not be tolerated.

4. Be transparent

We will publish an annual report detailing the progress made against our targets and setting out our plans for the next 12 months.

5. Be accountable

We will show board-level accountability by assigning responsibility for these charter commitments to the CEO or a named Director.

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Promote your support


We have designed graphics and a short film that you can download and use to support our Charter and promote your involvement. 

Download the short film here

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I see huge potential in our industry becoming more diverse, inclusive and open to everyone. I support the CIOB Diversity and Inclusion Charter which commits organisations to show leadership, to have a plan, to be transparent and to ensure working in this great industry is a welcoming experience for anyone who chooses to do so. Find out more at www.ciob.org/industry/politics-government/campaigns/equality-diversity-inclusion.

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