About 50 construction and engineering companies have pledged to improve gender equality in the sector by signing the Inspiring Women in Construction and Engineering Pledge.
The commitment, launched a year ago, is now a Building News and New Civil Engineer joint initiative to encourage businesses to prioritize equality, diversity and inclusion, and it continues as part of this year’s campaign.
The Pledge is a commitment by organizations to strive for a more inclusive industry, improve business environments for women, and champion equal representation on corporate boards.
By signing the pledge, organizations agree to support the initiative and aspire to change in areas such as:
- Attract, develop and promote more women in our business and industry, and to do so equitably;
- Closing the gender pay gap;
- Defend and recognize the achievements of women; and
- Work collaboratively to create an environment that welcomes and helps retain women.
Big names that have made this promise include Aecom, Costain, Kier, Laing O’Rourke, Lendlease and Multiplex. The National Infrastructure Commission also recently threw its weight behind the campaign and signed on. Click here for a full list of signatories.
As part of the Inspiring Women in Construction and Engineering initiative, there will be an awards ceremony, sponsored by Curtins and Willmott Dixon.
Building on the previous NCE Women in Engineering Recognition Awards and CN Inspiring Women in Construction, the two publications work together to provide networking opportunities and learning resources to help women advance in their careers, and also to celebrate organizations that are great places to work. women.
There are seven categories open for entry, which will reward women and teams that stand out as exceptional. They are designed to showcase individual and organization-wide initiatives. Shortlisted candidates will be announced later this week.
“Honoring and showcasing those who have made a difference for women in the industry is not only important for individuals and teams themselves – it is also essential to create role models for those looking to enter the industry. industry,” said Claire Smith, NCE’s editor.
“Construction and engineering have been facing a skills crisis for decades. The only way to solve this problem is to get more people – men and women – to join the industry. Historically, construction has failed to attract the same number of women as men, so events like this are important to show that the sector is one that will support women and raise the profile of the industry by as an attractive career path for everyone.
Full details of categories and criteria are available on the event website.
The winners will be announced at a gala in London on the evening of October 6th. In addition to winning a trophy, individual winners will receive mentorship through the program to boost their careers.