Embracing a diverse and inclusive culture

True to our Guiding Principles, we are humble and act with moral and intellectual integrity, keep our word, treat everyone with respect, support our colleagues, and embrace diversity.

On our journey to becoming one of the best consultancies in the world, we are equipping our leaders in all regions and cultures with strategic understanding and management skills to celebrate and maximise the diversity we have in our workforce.
Robert Ouellette Chief Corporate Services Officer

Our Approach

We are a diverse people business, proud to be working for a wide variety of clients. We are committed to building an inclusive culture that respects and maximises the contribution of all our employees.

Our intent is to:

  • Ensure fair and equal treatment of employees
  • Embed a culture of diversity and inclusion globally
  • Provide employees with the best opportunities to fulfill their potential
  • Respect and protect human rights of employees and contractors

 A Global Diversity and Inclusion Policy governs our approach, and Regional Diversity Committees have been established in the majority of our principal operating regions.

Gender Balance

Our focus on achieving an increased gender balance in our workforce is shared by many of our clients who also seek equal opportunities for women and men. Here are some comments about gender balance from our President & CEO, ANZ, Guy Templeton.


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Read more in our 2017 Sustainability Report.

Regional initiatives implemented to reflect local realities, and progress on key performance indicators tracked quarterly.

Current Programs

Parental leave entitlements for Australia and New Zealand:

  • Flexible working options
  • Membership at the Diversity Council of Australia
  • Involvement in gender diversity advocacy programs with industry associations such as Consult Australia, Engineers Australia, Engineers New Zealand, Property Council of Australia, Property Council of New Zealand and The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)
  • WSP Women in Engineering' scholarships at the University of Queensland ($8,000) and University of New South Wales ($10,000)
  • Support and encouragement to participate in leading industry award programs such as the NAWIC Awards 

Our current review of salaries to bridge the remaining gap between men and women, and our commitment to ensure that new employees are paid equally, regardless of gender.



Following on from the success of #EngineeredHERWay in 2017, #EngineeredOURWay will continue to elevate the gender balance discussion. The weekly campaign beginning June 2018 will demonstrate the changes taking place towards equality at WSP at the leadership level, and showcase positive examples of women who are forging their own pathways in their fields of expertise.





WSP’s most successful marketing campaign to date showcasing specifically our extraordinary females. The campaign was also a finalist at the Australian HR Awards for Recruitment Campaign of the Year, 2017.

Sabin Azeem

From a young age, Sabin was encouraged to pursue her passions: “I was always curious about the various developments in the field of engineering. My parents were very supportive, and as a result three of their daughters ended up in the engineering industry!”

WSP to host Diversity in Leadership event to strengthen equality in the industry

VIBE, WSP’s LGBT+ employee network, is hosting an evening event on 10th May to talk about ‘Diversity in Leadership’, exploring the notion of how people in positions of leadership can best promote diversity in the workplace.

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