Left to right: Cordelia Wilson, Ian Patey and Jennie Martin
Professional services and engineering consultancy WSP
has won the 2018 ITS World Congress Award for Best Action for Supporting Diversity in the ITS Workforce for efforts including its VIBE initiative which encourages and enables LGBT+ people to feel comfortable working in the sector.
Set up in 2015, VIBE (Visibility and Inclusion in the Built Environment) is an employee network that supports the day-to-day visibility and inclusion of WSP’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) workforce and ensure everyone can ‘be their best by being themselves’.
WSP is a member of the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme (Britain’s leading best practice employers' forum for sexual orientation and gender identity equality, diversity and inclusion) and also has a Diversity in Leadership policy.
It ran a Pride Matters video campaign profiling the diverse nature of its workforce as well as hosting a Diversity in Leadership seminar for clients and a networking event hearing from transgender leaders debunking myths and sharing tips.
“It’s not just the right thing to do,” said Ian Patey, WSP’s UK head of profession for ITS and VIBE ambassador. “Diversity is critical in building the culture of innovation, engagement and performance that will help us deliver exceptional results for our clients, our employees, and the communities in which we operate.” The award is judged by ITS professionals from around the world and WSP also won the inaugural Diversity Award at the 2015 Congress in Bordeaux.