Inclusion is about making everyone feel that they are a key part of the organisation. Including people within teams is especially important within the construction industry, where future successes depend on effective teamwork.
Everyone has a role to play in promoting Fairness, Inclusion and Respect in construction, in the same way that everyone is responsible for maintaining health and safety measures.
It is not just about complying with the legislation; there are many real business benefits for construction companies which address Fairness, Inclusion and Respect (equality and diversity) within their working practices.
Read more on the business benefits of Fairness, Inclusion & Respect
The Equality Act 2010
The UK has a set legal framework which underpins the following definition:
“An equal society recognises the diverse needs, situations and goals of individuals. It removes discrimination and prejudice, and tackles the economic, political, legal, social and physical barriers that limit what people can do and be”.
(Equalities Review 2007)
In the workplace this means an equality/dignity at work policy is a promise to:
- Treat all employees and prospective employees fairly and considerately
- Protect employees from discrimination
The Equality Act 2010 draws together all previous legislation relating to discrimination to ensure everyone has a fair chance in life.
- Everyone in the construction industry has legal duties under the act
- Everyone in the construction industry is protected by the act
- Individuals as well as companies can be taken to tribunal for any breaches
Employers Guide to the Equality Act (from ACAS)