Carillion has launched a new Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) network in an effort to create a more inclusive work environment for people regardless of their sexuality.
Named ‘Connect’, the new network will provide LGBT employees at Carillion with the opportunity to get together to share information and support and to provide the company with advice on relevant issues.
Carillion have also teamed up with leading LGBT equality charity, Stonewall, as a Diversity Champion.
To celebrate the creation of Connect during LGBT History Month in February, the rainbow flag has been flying at the company’s head office in Wolverhampton and other branches across the country.
Janet Dawson, Carillion Group HR Director said: “There is a genuine belief in diversity and inclusion at Carillion and in creating a welcoming workplace where people can give their best because they can be themselves.
“An accepting and supportive work environment is a hallmark of Carillion and we are delighted to launch our Connect network and partnership with Stonewall today during LGBT History Month.”
Connect follows in the steps of Carillion’s other initiatives for employees to including the Working Mums and Working Dads networks.
Last year, UK Construction Media reported on a study that found that 85% of LGBT workers in the construction industry have experienced derogatory remarks.
Client Account Manager for Stonewall, Matteo Lissana said: "The construction and built environment sectors are historically very traditional, and changes in the industry take a long time to implement.
"The industry is still struggling with gender equality, which has remained for years the main focus of the sector."