At WSP, we are on a journey towards inclusion of all differences. Within our global approach to I&D, the majority of our regions have expanded their priorities to also support under-represented groups, including ethnic and visible minorities. However, gender balance remains a key priority, especially in our industry.
We still have progress to make in terms of our ratio of women in middle management and business leader positions, which currently stands at 21% of our total workforce. Of our approximately 500 top employees in leadership positions across the major regions of our organization, 35% are female. Looking at the bigger picture, we aim to address two particular areas - women in management positions, as well as women in revenue-generating and operational roles - while sustaining our solid percentage of women leaders in support roles.
This means supporting internal growth of our technical women to reach and succeed in management roles. One main focus will be putting practices in place so that aspiring leaders can grow the scope of their projects at each stage of the process, so that they are well prepared to succeed as their projects become more complex.
What are your top priorities for 2021?
In 2021, our focus will be on our I&D actions and targets, which stem from our long-term vision. Our actions will come in two phases: diagnostic, which will help us understand where we are today, and engagement, which will focus on our leaders’ commitment.
To understand the diversity of our people, we will drive a series of diagnostic initiatives. Among them, we will ask our employees to participate in a globally coordinated survey. This will help our regions define their own 2021 I&D priorities and align with regional realities, as well as with our global long-term vision. From there, we will continue to introduce diverse candidates for consideration for global leadership and global VP roles.
With the support of our global Network and leadership teams, I am excited to discover what we will accomplish on the I&D front in 2021.