Diversity and Inclusion in Construction

The construction industry faces a severe talent crunch, in part due to negative perceptions around its longstanding struggle to improve diversity and inclusion (D&I) in its workplaces. As D&I considerations continue to rise up boardroom agendas across the globe, contractors will need to step up their offerings if they are to win in the increasingly competitive war for talent.


In this series of short videos, Kelly Outram, Head of Global Contractor Development at Marsh JLT, is joined by Heather Colquhoun, Vice President, Talent at Aecon Group Inc., and Amos Simbo, founder of the Black Professionals in Construction Network, for an open conversation on successes, challenges, and opportunities for contractors’ D&I agendas.

The need for more diverse perspectives and open dialogue at all levels

Inclusivity through flexible schedules and remote interactions

Cultural and structural impediments to meaningful change

Employee resource groups, leadership at all levels, and diverse teams

Supporting women and senior workers, overcoming inertia

Realigning procurement practices, expanding partnerships, and leveraging cross-sector collaboration

D&I embedded in workplace culture and adopted as an industry standard