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Upfront focuses on diversity and inclusion

New edition of Upfront focuses on diversity and inclusion
Press release 02/03/2016 09:00 CET

Inspirational stories and articles feature in the latest edition of Skanska UK’s external magazine.

Featuring original content – which has never been seen before – the new edition was inspired by the ‘The changing face of construction’ event we held last year about how to improve diversity and inclusion in the construction industry.

Skanska UK’s President and CEO Mike Putnam says the sector has a unique chance to become more inclusive. Skanska’s Harvey Francis, Paul Heather and Pia Höök look at some of our initiatives – both globally and here in the UK.

Consultant Chris Moon MBE shares his deeply personal story of how life-changing events – in his case being kidnapped by Khmer Rouge and blown up by a landmine in Mozambique – can strengthen us.­

In a packed issue, business leader Neil Bentley – named as one of the 100 most influential lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people in the 2012 World Pride Power List – discusses how sexuality at work has been overlooked in the diversity debate.

Consultant Kate Headley challenges the industry to change the way it recruits in order to beat the skills shortage, and the dangers of unconscious bias are explored by Dan Robertson from the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion.

At the ‘The changing face of construction’ event, best-selling author René Carayol MBE called for new thinking to breathe life into the debate on diversity and inclusion while entrepreneur and Telegraph columnist Jo Fairley encouraged the ‘de-machoification’ of the sector to attract more women. You can find out more about their views in the magazine.

You can read an exclusive selection of extracts on the features page of Skanska UK’s website. We also have an online version of the full publication.

If you have an enquiry about the magazine please contact edito...@skanska.co.uk.