Where is Construction industry with inclusion and diversity

Fortel researches and discusses the topic or inclusion and diversity within the construction industry with its partners, who agree that we may be on the precipice of real change.The different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives of our contributors allowed it to get a true reflection of where we are as an industry and what we need to do.

Please read below what our partners had to say about where does the construction industry need to be with regards to diversity & inclusion and where are we now?

Graham Edgell,Group Procurement Director for the Morgan Sindall Group

“Construction currently lags behind other sectors, despite many initiatives the progress has not matched the expectations. “However, there is a desire for change, already the evidence suggests we are making inroads that are heading in the right direction, to make a significant difference though we need to magnify our efforts by a factor of 3 without any further delays or excuses.”

Amar Sandhawalia,Chief Operating Officer for Fortel Nijjer

“In recent years the construction industry has seen a major shift in its intent to diversify, however there is still a lot of work to be done. “We aim to be a fully inclusive industry that strives for equal representation of all protected characteristics.

“This is underpinned by an essential focus on equitable behaviours, which will inevitably promote a working culture that is fully inclusive. “Now is the time to join forces and collaborate as an industry to bring these inclusive initiatives to life.”

Mayank Shah, founder and CEO of Minority Supplier Development UK (MSDUK) 

“I’ve been focused on Diversity and Inclusion with regards to underrepresented

communities for the last 20 years.

“If I look back at 20 years of progress, I would say the biggest change I am seeing and

have seen is the changing shape of procurement organisations and teams within the

big construction firms and the industry.

“Previously, this has been led by mostly white, 50+ plus males but now I am seeing more

gender representation and people of colour.

“There is still a lot to achieve but I think we are going in the right direction. We are

starting to have a balanced perspective and people are more open to new ideas.

“Some big companies are leading by example but there is still a long way to go when it

comes to diversity in suppliers being part of core strategy.”