Arup has been awarded the 2017 ‘Best Action to Create and Maintain a Diverse and Representative ITS Workforce’ prize at the ITS World Congress in Montreal.
The company has been recognised for its comprehensive equality, diversity and inclusion policy, which it set out in 2015. This global policy is supported by clear action plans to create an inclusive working environment based on merit, fairness and respect.
The award was judged by experts from across the ITS regions; Carol Schweiger of Schweiger Consulting Ltd and Lynne Randolph, Southwest Research Institute in the US, Grace Ong, LTA, Singapore and Susan Harris, ITS Australia from Asia Pacific and Paul Vorster, ITS South Africa and Gideon Mbiydzenyuy, Netport, Sweden from Europe and Africa.
Arup became the first engineering consultancy to be certified under the National Equality Standard (NES) earlier this year. The NES is independently assessed by EY and supported by the Home Office, the CBI and the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
In addition, the firm has been listed in the top 50 employers for women six years in a row from 2011 to 2016. The growing number of women being recruited (48.5 per cent of this years’ graduate intake), across the firm
This is the third year of the award. Previous winners were WSP of the United Kingdom in 2015 and Australian company Transurban in 2016.
The photo shows L-R, Chris Philp, Chairman & CEO, ITS, Canada, Jennie Martin, Secretary General, ITS United Kingdom, Verity Croxford and Khalid Nur from Arup and Janneke van der Zee, General Manager, ITS Canada.