Building Equality

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Who we are
Building Equality is an alliance of consultants, engineers, developers, contractors, and institutions who are passionate about working together and harnessing our collective power to drive LGBT+ inclusion in the construction, engineering and built-environment industry.

Our vision
To have a construction, engineering and built environment industry that is wholly welcoming, inclusive and supportive of LGBT+ professionals across the UK.

Our objectives

  • To enable cross-industry collaboration, to drive initiatives to build a more LGBT+ inclusive industry;
  • To support other organisations within the industry in setting up and maintaining their LGBT+ employee networks;
  • To promote the industry to university / college students and early career professionals as an LGBT+ inclusive place to work;
  • To make LGBT+ inclusion a boardroom topic, encouraging visible LGBT+ and Ally role models from the top down; and
  • To encourage, influence and enable the supply chain to create more LGBT+ inclusive working environments on site and in all work spaces.

 

Facilitating activities and initiatives to support objectives

  • UK-wide pride events: National Student Pride and Sparkle Weekend: Transgender Pride. Other pride events* include Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, London, Leeds, Manchester, Northern Pride and Salford;
  • External awareness events, webinars and podcasts: to bring the industry together to discuss key equality, diversity and inclusion and LGBT+ issues, to enable cross-industry collaboration to implement positive change, whilst providing platforms for unheard voices;
  • Outreach days: providing information to the general public on the industry and specifically highlighting its accessibility to LGBT+ individuals;
  • Cross-company network mentorship: a designated mentor to new or perspective members to assist in developing and establishing company LGBT+ networks;
  • Reverse mentorship scheme: to enable senior staff to understand barriers to LGBT+ staff both inside and outside the industry;
  • Supply chain engagement – work with bodies like the Supply Chain School to change construction industry suppliers and contractors to be LGBT+ inclusive; and
  • Develop resources: create and develop free resources to enable our industry to become more equal, diverse and inclusive.

 

*Attendance at other pride event is always open for discussion based on appetite within regional committees.

Services provided for

  1. All LGBT+ Communities

Key areas of work

  1. Campaigning/Activism
  2. Education
  3. Employment
  4. Networks
  5. Pride
  6. Volunteering

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