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JLL’s Building Pride network scoop British Property Federation’s Inclusivity Award

​JLL's LGBT network 'Building Pride' has scooped the British Property Federation's Inclusivity award.

Dave Carlos in JLL's Upstream team and Kelly Canterford in JLL's strategic Asset Management team were recognised for the work the Building Pride network has done in promoting inclusivity. 

The network has undertaken a number of initiatives including working with four client construction companies to tackle homophobia by encouraging 600 workers to wear rainbow laces on site and making a video for National Coming Out Day, featuring people from around the business supporting being yourself in the workplace which was shared and downloaded by 6,000 colleagues globally. Many Building Pride members are also signed up to be 'Diversity Role Models' tackling homophobia with youngsters in schools and JLL also became the first real estate company to march as a stand-alone company in Pride London and marched in the Leeds Pride Parade.

 The work of the network has also been recognised by Stonewall whom listed them as their highest ranked property company in their Workplace Equality Index, coming 136 out of all 439 UK businesses ranked in the index. 

Commenting on the win, Dave Carlos said: "We are really pleased that the transformative work of the Building Pride committee and employees across the company has been recognised by the property industry. Having a diverse workforce needs to be a business imperative in our sector. Great minds think differently, they challenge and innovate."

Kelly Canterford added:  "For diversity to work, we need to embrace an inclusive work culture that accepts and fosters who we are as individuals. I'm glad that JLL is leading by example, but we have a long way to go, so we look forward to expanding our activities and building more relationships across the industry." 

JLL has also welcomed the BPF's new statement of principles for a 'Diverse and Inclusive Real Estate Industry' which were launched this week, as well as the news that the organisation will be working with existing groups already doing a lot of work in this area, such as Freehold. It highlights that the organisation recognises the business critical issue of diversity and inclusion.