50 firms sign up to Inspiring Women pledge

Some 50 construction and engineering firms have committed to improving gender equality in the sector by signing up to the Inspiring Women in Construction and Engineering Pledge.

The pledge, launched one year ago, is now a Construction News and New Civil Engineer joint initiative to encourage companies to prioritise equality, diversity and inclusion, and it continues as part of this year’s campaign.

The pledge is a commitment from organisations to strive for a more inclusive industry, improve business environments for women and champion equal representation on boards.

In signing the pledge, organisations agree to support the initiative and aspire to change in areas such as:

  • Attracting, developing, and promoting more women in our company and industry, and to do this in a fair way;
  • Closing the gender pay gap;
  • Championing and recognising the achievements of women; and
  • Working collaboratively to create an environment that welcomes and helps retain women.

Big names that have made the pledge include Aecom, Costain, Kier, Laing O’Rourke, Lendlease and Multiplex. The National Infrastructure Commission has also recently put its weight behind the campaign and signed up. 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 Recognising Women in Engineering Awards and CN Inspiring Women in Construction, the two publications are working together to provide networking opportunities and learning resources to help women progress in their careers, and also celebrate those organisations that are great places to work for women.

There are seven categories open for entry, which will recognise the women and teams who stand out as exceptional. They are designed to showcase both individual and organisation-wide initiatives. Shortlisted entrants will be announced later this week.

“Honouring and showcasing those who have made a difference for women in the industry is not only important for the individuals and teams themselves – it is also critical to create role models for those looking to come into the industry,” said NCE editor Claire Smith.

“Construction and engineering have been facing a skills crisis for decades. The only way to solve this 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 the sector is one that will support women and raise the profile of the industry as an attractive career path for all.”

Full details of the categories and criteria can be found on the event website.

Award-winners will be announced at a gala event in London on the evening of 6 October. In addition to winning a trophy, the individual winners will receive mentoring support through the programme to boost their careers.

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