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22.07.20

HS2 commits to better employment outcomes for BAME workers

The High-Speed Rail project is in a well-placed position to play a leading role in embedding the principles of the Charter, being set to support 30,000 jobs at peak constriction.

This is to build on the work of the 2017 McGregor-Smith Review, ‘Race in the workplace,’ which found that people from BAME backgrounds were still underemployed, underpromoted and under-represented at senior levels.

HS2’s public pledge to delivering on the Charter’s five key principles is driven from the top, with HS2 Ltd Non-Executive board member Judith Hackitt, appointed as Board Diversity Champion to scrutinize HS2’s equality, diversity and inclusion performance.

In signing the Charter, HS2 has set a clear commitment to:

  • Appointing an Executive Sponsor for race
  • Capturing data and publicising progress
  • Ensuring zero tolerance of harassment and bullying
  • Making equality in the workplace the responsibility of all leaders and managers
  • Taking action that supports ethnic minority career progression

With main construction works on Britain’s new low carbon high speed railway set to start this summer, HS2 Ltd is presently recruiting for hundreds of roles across a extensive range of disciplines and is actively encouraging applications from BAME communities.

Non-Executive director, Judith Hackitt said: “We have an amazing opportunity here to set the standards across the UK’s construction and rail engineering sectors.

“HS2’s supply chain will extend out to thousands of British businesses over the next decade, so this is a genuine opportunity for us to play a leading role in the implementation of measures that truly ensure BAME employees are fairly represented and have equality of opportunity to thrive in the workplace.”

Mark Lomas, HS2’s head of equality diversity and inclusion said: “We’ve worked hard at HS2 to embed inclusive practices into everything we do and it’s an honour to be recognised for that.

“There is always more that businesses can do, and we’re committed to further developing our approach to ensure that HS2 is a workplace that attracts, invests and champions opportunities for BAME employees.”

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