Help bring about a step change

 Paul Chandler, Group Managing Director, Wates

"I passionately believe that the best places to work are those that foster an inclusive culture. At Wates we recognise that a diverse workforce is good for business and for the communities where we work. In construction we have made some progress but not nearly enough - only ten per cent of people working in the industry are women and even less are from black and ethnic minorities.

"That’s why on International Women’s Day I am pledging my support to help bring about a step change in this situation and #BeBoldforChange. I will be the executive sponsor in Wates to put diversity and inclusion firmly at the heart of our business strategy. Businesses in construction can and must do more to promote equality, respect and fairness.

"We can all work together to make that happen."


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