Winner of the WISE Employer Award 2015
12 November 2015
Bechtel’s diversity and inclusion goals are included in the corporate plan and channelled through four operational lines, each with its own champion: Map it; Teach it: Share it; Nail it. “Working with WISE and the Ten Steps has helped Bechtel raise the bar in terms of tackling this issue”, Sarah Goulding, Infrastructure Lead Proposal Planner. Practical actions include unconscious bias training for over 400 senior leaders; flexible working, sponsorship for further education or chartership, improved mentoring and Nextgen – a collaborative forum for junior employees.
Female resignations have reduced from 20 per cent in 2013 to just nine per cent and they have seen a 13 per cent rise in the female graduate population in just 12 months. Winning the award would be the catalyst to share lessons learned, best practices and hard data with professional engineering institutions to stimulate further change across the industry.
The judges comments: This employer has been declared the winner by the judges due to the way they have really embedded their business case and targets for change right through their organisation. The team has clear goals and measures, all employees have accountability and they are also pushing out their aims to their supply chain.
On winning the award, Bechtel commented: “We are absolutely thrilled to have won the 2015 WISE Employer Award. Bechtel now employs more than twice the number of female engineers than the UK average, almost 40% of Bechtel’s engineers on Crossrail are women, and more importantly we have agreed what success looks like in regards to the diversity of our teams going forward. We are pleased with our progress but will not be satisfied until diversity and inclusion is no longer an issue.
Ailie MacAdam, regional manager for infrastructure, Europe and Africa at Bechtel.