Balfour Beatty has launched its enhanced diversity and inclusion (D&I) strategy in the UK.
The international infrastructure group, which has more than 25,000 employees, refreshed its Value Everyone plan as part of its “ongoing commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce”.
First launched in 2018, the company’s D&I strategy now includes a host of initiatives including personalised learning and development opportunities and the chance for the executive committee to participate in reverse mentoring.
According to the company, its long-term ambition is to ensure its workforce is in line with the England and Wales 2021 census and reflects the population of the UK.
The firm has three targets which it hopes to achieve by 2030 on the 2021 baseline, including a 50% increase in female employees, a 60% increase in ethnic minority workers and a 60% increase in black staff members.
Balfour Beatty aims to annually refresh its action plans and deliver against seven strategic goals, while also celebrating differences and boosting education and awareness.
The company has also implemented Neurodiversity & Allies, a fifth employee-led Affinity Network, to educate staff about neurodiverse conditions and help the business create a working environment that is accessible for neurodivergent employees.
Paul Raby, Balfour Beatty Group’s HR director, said: “Becoming a truly diverse and inclusive company is one of our greatest focus areas. Whilst we have made significant progress since we first introduced our strategy in 2018, we recognise that there is still more work to do.
“Since then, the passion of our people has been instrumental in driving tangible change through focused action, spearheaded by our employee-led Affinity Networks. With our 2030 targets and a refreshed strategy, we will continue to work towards becoming a more inclusive and diverse organisation where everyone is supported to reach their full potential.”