Our commitment to inclusion
As a family-owned business for over 120 years, Wates has a long-term vision for the sort of environment we want to create: a business where people enjoy their work and where differences are valued; a place where all of our people are accepted for who they are; are empowered to share their talents and outlooks, and know that their contribution is valued and respected.
A diverse and inclusive workplace helps to build better, stronger and more productive teams. We are committed to attracting talented people from all backgrounds to join us, so they can bring new ideas and ways of working and help us better reflect the views and perspectives of the communities where we work.
An inclusive future
This year we have been shaping our Inclusion Strategy which will be adopted throughout the business in 2019. This sets the goals and objectives we will look to meet to become a more inclusive workplace over the coming years.
The strategy will be centred on four priority areas:
- Bold leadership and accountability
- Making inclusivity second nature in everything we do
- Raising awareness and education
- Involving everyone
There is much that we are already doing to recognise and promote inclusion:
- Women at Wates network – this informal network was launched in March, and is chaired by Helen Bunch, Managing Director of Wates Smartspace. It provides a forum for our female employees to share their experiences, and to learn from each other. Launched at an event at the Houses of Parliament, coinciding with International Women’s Day in 2018, the network has already held a series of events around the country.
- We are committed to encouraging women and people from under-represented groups to consider careers in the built environment. As part of that commitment we are:
- Sponsoring this year’s Inspire Summit in Manchester, aimed at attracting women into careers in construction and engineering
- Encouraging young people to consider careers in the built environment through our Build Yourself and Think Build programmes, which encourage diversity in the construction industry
- Promoting our female employees across our social media channels through our twelve-month #100for100 campaign – showcasing the stories of 100 women across our business, in this year which marks the centenary of the Representation of the People’s Act.
- We recently retained our Investors in People Gold accreditation, in recognition of our focus on our people and their continued development.
- We are members of the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei), the UK’s leading employer network covering all aspects of equality and inclusion issues in the workplace. As a member of enei, we have access to guidance, resources and best practice case studies on equality and inclusion issues, as well as networking opportunities with other organisations embarking on the journey to greater diversity and inclusion in their workplaces.
- We are proud that we continue to be recognised as an excellent employer through our national accreditation with C2E (committed to Equality) at ‘Gold’ standard. This reflects our commitment to attracting, recruiting and retaining the best people, regardless of their background.