Supporting diversity and inclusion in construction


Team Van Oord partner Kier will, for the first time, participate in the Pride in London event tomorrow (Sat 8 July).

Pride provides a platform for every part of London’s LGBT+ community to raise awareness of LGBT+ issues and campaign for the freedoms that will allow them to live their lives on a genuinely equal footing.

The annual Pride Parade through the heart of London’s West End gives the LGBT+ community a chance to be visible and speak loudly to the rest of the city about what has been achieved, and what is still needed.

The 2017 Pride Festival is taking place from 24 June to 9 July, with the Pride Parade and main events on Saturday 8 July.

More and more companies are starting to take diversity and inclusion seriously and many in the construction industry are leading the way – as the finalists in the Construction News Diversity Champion of the Year Awards clearly indicate.

#BuildingEquality​ – a group of companies championing LGBT+ inclusion within the UK construction industry – has been marching in the Pride Parade since 2015.

2017 is the first year that Kier will be joining the group to showcase its shared commitment to inclusion and diversity in the construction industry.

Phil Ramsay, Team Van Oord National Framework Manager, said: “Team Van Oord applauds Kier for supporting this important annual event.

“As Operational Framework Management Board sponsor for the WEM approach to equality, diversity and inclusion, I am especially pleased to see a TVO partner joining the ever-increasing number of construction companies championing LGBT+ inclusion.

“We urge anyone who is able, to please come and support the Kier walkers on what promises to be an historic and fun filled day.”

The parade starts in Regent’s Park and then follows a route down Regent Street and Haymarket finally finishing in Trafalgar Square, where the festival’s main stage will be.

Walkers will meet at their respective parade meeting points from 12:15 onwards, while spectators can stand anywhere along the route and cheer the parade along.