Diversity and Inclusion

To be a truly great company we must be one that is inclusive and diverse.

Our purpose

The purpose of the Diversity and Inclusion Council is to drive change to create an inclusive environment where everyone can come to work and be their authentic self, have equal opportunities to learn and progress and have their perspective represented in decision making across all levels of the company.”

D&I Council purpose areas

There are four key focus areas that support the purpose of the D&I Council:

Awareness: Everyone is aware of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, to our vision of being the most trusted and socially responsible construction company that people are proud to work with and how the two complement one another.

Community: Everyone feels that they are an authentic and valued member of the team with strong relationships characterised by trust, care, and having each other’s backs.

Progression: Everyone feels that the organisation is invested in their professional success –partnering with them to discover, grow, and translate their passion and expertise.

Influence: Everyone feels that there are appropriate channels to speak up, for their perspective to be heard and represented and that leadership is sufficiently representative.

Vinny Walker

We have some huge challenges in our industry around Diversity and Inclusion and it’s great that Careys understand this and are striving to make a difference.

Vinny WalkerInclusion and diversity board member

Through our Inclusion and Diversity Council which has champions from across the Carey Group and is sponsored by the Group CEO, Jason Carey, we ensure the Board and Executive Committee hear the voices of those currently still underrepresented. Building a diverse workforce takes investment and commitment and through the work of the Council and through case studies, we are committed to highlighting successes with a key area of focus to break down the gender barrier and encouraging more women to join the construction sector. By being a Great Place to Work we want a working environment in all our locations, one that’s fair to everybody and makes us attractive for people who want an interesting and diverse career.

Unconscious bias training is used to lift up the wide variety of talented individuals we need in the Carey Group to thrive as a business. We remove gender bias from our hiring communications and use a hiring platform that uses behavioural algorithms to strip bias out of the hiring process, making it fairer and more objective. Our targeted action on our gender pay gap can be seen here and we ensure we add our collective voice to the industry to drive greater inclusion and diversity and an understanding of the varied career options the construction sector can bring people of all ages.

We have a culture where our people feel valued and are inspired to contribute to their fullest potential and our Carey Group values are central to this commitment.

Victor Oluwadayomi

We all come from different walks of life and each person has a specific trait that they bring to the table. D&I in the working environment is one of the initial steps to creating a more socially responsible and unbiased society.

Victor OluwadayomiQuantity Surveyor

Talking about diversity is hard. We’re on a mission to make it easier. Our uncertainty of the right words to use to talk about diversity and inclusion can be paralysing. We found that many of us worry we’ll handle it wrong, say the wrong thing, do the wrong thing – and as a result, most of us simply don’t talk about race, religion, disability or sexual orientation at work.

We believe the following:

  • Building an awareness of D&I and internal opportunity for progression will support us in building a more diverse workplace that will enable us to build a great place to work one we love working at and people are excited to join through helping prospective and current employees bring their authentic selves to work.
  • Building internal communities that influence our D&I strategy will enable us to be more inclusive. In being more inclusive we will be able to elevate our standards so that from our first point of contact with our partners through to project completion and beyond, we are known throughout our industry for delivering operational excellence.
  • Being both diverse and inclusive will enable us to build strong, mutually beneficial relationships with others who appreciate our values.
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