Diversity and inclusion remain central to our people strategy. We value diversity and celebrate individual differences, believing that our inclusive culture helps the business continue to grow as a strong, dynamic and innovative organisation.

Key interventions are in place to enhance diversity and inclusion in our core business. For example, we are supporting the UK Government’s Your Life campaign, which is encouraging the study of STEM subjects amongst female students.

Further building on our Opportunity Now accreditation, a Connecting Women network forum has been introduced across the UK businesses. However, the proportion of female employees has reduced in recent years with the disposals of Balfour Beatty WorkPlace and Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Female employees across the workforce:

2015 16%
2014 17%
2013 22%
2012 23%
2011 25%

An LGBT network has also been established as part of the Stonewall Diversity Champion programme. Balfour Beatty is also the first infrastructure company to become a member of the OUTstanding LGBT professional network and is proud to be represented in the 2014 Financial Times Top 100 LGBT Business Leaders list.

We also strive to provide employment, training and development opportunities for disabled people wherever possible. We are committed to supporting employees who become disabled during employment and to helping disabled employees make the best use of their skills and potential, consistent with all other employees.

We remain committed to investing in industry-leading people throughout a period of considerable change. It is this commitment and the continued engagement of our employees that will provide the foundations for our recovery and future growth. 

More information can be found on page 38 of the Annual Report 2015