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Willmott Dixon leads UK in FT’s inaugural list of diversity leaders

Willmott Dixon was the UK’s highest placed company to appear in the Financial Times’ inaugural list of European leaders for workplace diversity and inclusion, coming third out of 700 organisations ranked for their approach to inclusivity.

The Letchworth Garden City headquartered construction firm came above a host of household names like Ikea, Google, Tesla and Rolls Royce to feature prominently in the FT’s Diversity Leaders supplement which explores the growing importance placed by companies on ensure they provide a diverse and inclusive workplace, where individuals feel valued and able to contribute.

The FT’s Diversity Leaders 2020 were identified in an independent survey of more than 80,000 employees across the countries and sectors covered, which included surveying the performance of 10,000 privately held and publicly listed companies employing at least 250 people. This was backed by FT readers sharing their views and evaluating prominent employers, with Willmott Dixon scoring particularly high on ethnicity, gender and age.

Rick Willmott, Group Chief Executive said: “I was very proud to see Willmott Dixon representing both the construction industry and the UK in being a top five company in this pan-European list of diversity leaders. I strongly believe that successful companies are those that provide a diverse and inclusive environment where people feel challenged, contented and included within complementary teams. It is something embedded in our values.

“The FT’s survey shines a welcome spotlight on the business imperative of workplace diversity which will serve as an inspiration to us in how we continue to be a company where our people feel valued and a key part of our growth.”

The company has already made tacking the balance of gender in its workforce a priority, with a commitment to achieve gender parity by 2030.

To see the full list of the European leaders for workplace diversity and inclusion click here.

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