Ian Blair, WSP Managing Director, says this comes on the back of a strong focus on progressing the company’s approach to diversity and inclusion.
“This is something we were really keen for WSP to achieve this year and we’ve put in a lot of work to attain Rainbow Tick accreditation. It’s involved commitment from my Leadership Team, training for senior leaders across the organisation, working alongside the great team at Rainbow Tick, and a real shift in our people’s confidence around bringing their whole selves to work.”
The Rainbow Tick is a certification awarded to organisations that complete a diversity and inclusion certification process. This process tests whether a workplace understands, values and welcomes sexual and gender diversity.
Along with internal training, WSP has committed to increasing the company’s visibility at Rainbow events and is introducing VIBE (Visibility and Inclusion in the Built Environment) – an employee network to help influence business culture and bring together those who identify with and support the LGBTI+ community.
In the last 18-months, WSP has closed the gender equity pay gap and introduced a progressive parental leave policy.
WSP’s employee engagement survey showed that over three quarters of people believe the company is excelling in diversity and inclusion however Blair acknowledges that we have a lot of work to do.
“It’s great to have the majority of our people think we’re on the right track but, obviously, we’re in an industry that’s not historically been known for its diversity. That’s why we’re keeping our foot on the accelerator and driving change - it’s too important for the wellbeing of our people not to.”
“For us, achieving Rainbow Tick accreditation is so much more than a box-ticking exercise. It’s our chance to make a statement of support to our team members, clients, communities and anyone interacting with us, that it’s safe for them to express their individuality and be their authentic self.”
Blair says the industry is working at pace to deliver change and is pleased that WSP joins engineering consultancies Aurecon and GHD in achieving the Rainbow Tick.