The first formal monthly LGBT Employee Resource Group (ERG) was held on 3rd July 2014. Therefore, the LGBT ERG is in the initial phase of planning and utilising existing successful Lend Lease best practice from Sydney and the USA.
Lend Lease has committed to participating in the 2014 Stonewall Equality Index. Participating in the Equality Index will demonstrate Lend Lease’s commitment to LGBT and also help the business identify barriers/gaps to creating an LGBT inclusive workforce and also be utilised to benchmark and measure success.
Lend Lease’s LGBT ERG is utilising current successful initiatives launched by Lend Lease in Sydney and USA i.e. ‘Lend Lease Allies’ are volunteers within the organisation who LGBT employees can go to should they require any advice or support about whether they should be open about their sexuality (similar to mentors/buddies). Senior Leaders within the Australian business are openly LGBT, therefore encouraging employees to be open about their sexuality and providing visible role models.
A ‘No By Standers’ campaign is being piloted at the Kingsgate Project. This pilot is being delivered in collaboration with Stonewall to promote diversity and LGBT on Construction projects and tackle bullying and abuse related to D&I using posters etc.
LGBT ERG has developed an action planning for the coming year to develop and foster diversity and inclusion.
Lend Lease were the first Construction and Development Company to register with Stonewall.