Listening leaders

As part of their work to build understanding of all areas of diversity, equity and inclusion, in 2024 our UK Affinity Networks met with our Non-Executive Group Chair, Charles Allen, Lord Allen of Kensington, CBE and in 2023, held a roundtable with our Group Chief Executive Leo Quinn.

At both events, colleagues shared their personal experiences and why they have stepped up to get involved in diversity and inclusion more broadly. Everyone took the opportunity to listen and understand the different perspectives and the support our Affinity Networks need in order to make Balfour Beatty a great place to work.

Our UK Affinity Networks have made a difference in many ways including:

  • Period products, supplied by social enterprise Hey Girls, are now available across all offices and sites in the UK. Sanitary bins and skincare products in female, male, gender neutral and accessible toilets are also now delivered directly to sites as part of our site mobilisation process.
  • Workplace adjustment hardware and software is now available to ensure we are providing the right ‘tools’ to do the job, such as reading pens and colour film to support people with dyslexia.
  • Executive Committee meetings now include a rolling agenda item for our Affinity Networks which has resulted in the LGBTQ+ & Allies Affinity Networks taking part in London Pride in 2024.