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JLL works with top construction firms to tackle homophobia and transphobia in the construction sector

JLL, VolkerFitzpatrick, BW and Tétris-bluu take part in ‘Rainbow Laces’ campaign to coincide with Pride in London


​LONDON, 22nd June, 2016 – JLL UK’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Network, Building Pride and the firm’s Project Management, Cost Management and Building Consultancy teams are working with three top UK construction and fit-out companies to tackle homophobia and transphobia in the construction industry.

As part of JLL’s continued involvement in promoting diversity and inclusion, the firm is working with VolkerFitzpatrick, BW and Tétris-bluu to build awareness and support for LGBT diversity and inclusion in the construction and property industry by taking part in the ‘Rainbow Laces’ campaign devised by LGBT charity, Stonewall. This week, construction workers across these firms have begun wearing ‘Rainbow Laces’ on site as a visible sign of support to coincide with Pride in London on 25th June.

Dave Carlos of JLL’s Building Pride Network, said: “Participating in Stonewall’s ‘Rainbow Laces’ initiative is a great way to promote LGBT diversity and inclusion across the construction sector where homophobic attitudes are still widespread. A report that surveyed over 1000 industry staff, both LGBT and heterosexual, has identified that 89% felt that being gay would harm their career, while 85% have heard homophobic comments. It’s vitality important that we address this discrimination head on to ensure that all building sites are comfortable places to work, regardless of sexual orientation. Rainbow Laces are a great way to positively engage employees and start that dialogue.”

Helen Gough, Lead Director of Building Consultancy, Cost Management and Project Management, JLL, added: “Construction firms need to perform better in terms of attracting and retaining a diverse talent pool including LGBT employees not just because it helps companies address the construction skills shortages but because it is the right thing to do. Property is more than location and construction is more than bricks and mortar - they are both about people. Sexual orientation does not play a role in employee performance so we must work to change attitudes and positively reflect the world we live in. Our involvement alongside VolkerFitzpatrick, BW and Tétris-bluu positively demonstrates that we are serious about making the construction industry an open and welcoming place to work for LGBT employees and for all.”

Ian Rutter, Client Account Manager at Stonewall, commented: “It’s fantastic to see JLL so visibly demonstrate its commitment to lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality, by taking part in Stonewall’s ‘Rainbow Laces’ campaign. We hope that these positive strides influence other organisations within the construction industry to help work towards a place where all LGBT people working within it, whether in an office or on site, feel able to bring their whole selves to work without fear of discrimination.”

Last year JLL was the first UK property advisory company to march in “Pride in London”, co-ordinated by the firm’s internal LGBT network, Building Pride. JLL established this group to provide a platform for empowering LGBT professionals as well as a secure, respectful and accepting environment in which they can work. Since its launch, Building Pride has been commended by Stonewall for its pioneering activities and the speed with which it has started making changes.

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