Contractors and clients back new inclusion and fairness tool

The Construction Leadership Council (CLC), National Highways and contractors including Vinci and Skanska have backed the launch of a new tool for construction firms to benchmark their knowledge of fairness, inclusion and respect (FIR).

Devised by the Supply Chain Sustainability School (SCSS), the FIR Growth Assessment aims to help construction managers recognise their best practice and highlights areas for improvement. 

On completion of the assessment, a tailored learning plan is automatically created for companies, providing direct free access to the learning resources of the FIR Programme.

The CLC endorsed the assessment as part of its skills plan objective of developing a more diverse and innovative industry. Use of the tool will help deliver CLC’s commitment to support 3,000 construction companies promote a culture of fairness, inclusion and respect by 2025.

Belinda Blake, equality, diversity and inclusion manager at National Highways, said: “We are delighted to be working closely with the FIR Programme to grow our supply chains’ equality, diversity and inclusion capability and resilience.  We are committed to this agenda and are looking to bring positive and lasting change through this work.”

Jo Mercer, head of organisational development at Vinci, said: “The thing I like about the Fairness, Inclusion & Respect Growth Assessment is its simplicity and practical approach, with a framework to help businesses proactively embed inclusive ways of working. It helps you to understand and celebrate the great stuff already happening along with highlighting areas to focus on to support recruitment & retention and productivity.”

Ian Heptonstall, director at the SCSS, added: “The launch of the Fairness, Inclusion & Respect Growth Assessment is a result of a collaboration between major transport clients such as National Highways, HS2 and Network Rail along with leading contractors such as Graham, Skanska and Vinci. It’s great to see so many companies working together to further develop a culture of fairness, inclusion and respect.”

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