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Construction company rewarded for commitments to fairness

A construction company has become one of the first in the country to be rewarded for its commitment to Fairness Inclusion and Respect in the workforce.

Taylor Woodrow, a division of VINCI Construction UK from Watford has been awarded the new ‘Be Fair’ Accreditation by the Construction Industry Training Board following a pilot scheme.

Gemma Concannon, Divisional Head of HR, from the company said:

“We’re delighted to be part of the Be Fair Framework. We’re committed to promoting fairness and inclusion in the workplace so that our employees and others working in construction feel welcome and respected. ”

The Be Fair Framework is being developed by the industry, for the industry, to create more inclusive working environments which support individuals and companies across construction and the built environment sector.
The Framework aims to address negative cultures and practices to create a fair, inclusive and respectful industry for everyone.

Kate Lloyd, Fairness Inclusion and Respect Manager at CITB said:

“Support from organisations like VINCI Construction UK is what we need to help address the industry’s lingering image problem, change negative cultures and improve its diversity credentials. Construction still has an image problem and is traditionally seen as a ‘job for the boys’.

Women have made up only 12% of the industry for the last decade and with confidence in construction growing, we need 182,000 qualified construction workers in the next five years to meet the skills demand. We also need to ensure the working environment across the industry is supportive so these workers stay in the construction industry so we can benefit from their knowledge, experiences and skills.

That’s why we need to attract and retain the best and brightest talent to our industry regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation and background.

CITB is taking action by introducing the BeFair framework to help create more inclusive working environments, both in offices and on sites, to ensure that all workers are treated fairly and with respect.”

Date: 12/06/2014

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