Our approach to inclusion and diversity
Buro Happold is determined to continuously improve as an organisation comprising a diverse and inclusive practice, which reflects the varied cultures of the communities and clients we serve – a culture where all our people, irrespective of gender identity, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy, race, age, religious belief, or disability have the support and opportunities to reach and exceed their potential.
The values of Diversity and Inclusion are integral parts of life at Buro Happold. Our Principles embrace this when we say…
We are a diverse, one-firm culture. When we get it right, it sings. Internal barriers are always to be overcome through inclusivity.
We strive to create a safe and inclusive workplace for all our employees to bring their whole selves to work and be accepted for who they are.
By looking at our business practices and activities through a diversity lens, we will continue to enhance our people practices, and in addressing bias and supporting the development and visibility of underrepresented employees, we aim to further promote the rich diversity of our employees’ experiences, talent and ideas.
And through our diverse teams, we provide innovative and relevant solutions to our work and culture, creating a sense of belonging across the practice.
We’re proud to be working with the following initiatives:
When compared to other organisations in the engineering sector, we have made considerable progress in recruiting and retaining female employees.
From a recruitment and development perspective, almost half of our graduate intake in 2017 consisted of female engineers and we have grown the number of female Partners in the practice by 30%. To improve retention of female engineers we have launched our maternity returners programme.
In 2018 we launched our UK Gender Pay Gap Report which provides a useful benchmark and shows the need for further measures to help improve female representation at our senior grades. This along with positive role modelling through the work of our Women’s Business Network, our internal #nominate video series and the celebration of events such as International Women’s Day is helping to increase transparency and opportunities for all.
Inclusive safe environments
Our LGBTQ+ employee network groups are active in supporting underrepresented groups and are both global in reach and open to all employees. They provide an inclusive and safe environment for employees to share ideas and offer support.
Led by our LGBTQ+ community, Inclusion Week included a range of activity from face-to-face meetings, nights out and talks, while LGBT History Month celebrated iconic figures and colleagues from Buro Happold.