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VolkerWessels UK named National Centre for Diversity’s ‘Engineering Company of the Year’


VolkerWessels UK is proud to have been named ‘Engineering Company of the Year’ in the National Centre for Diversity’s 2021 Most Inclusive Workplaces Index.


The National Centre for Diversity is the UK’s leading organisation promoting Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion, and its Most Inclusive Workplaces Index is compiled to recognise the companies that are the best in promoting FREDIE (fairness, respect, equality, diversity, inclusion and engagement) in the workplace, through implementing excellent policies that deliver transformational change.

The index is benchmarked against more than 200 organisations across all sectors and of all sizes, using diagnostic survey results from each. VolkerWessels UK has won the Engineering Company of the Year 2021 as the highest placed engineering business and was also placed 8th overall in the index.

Chief Executive at the National Centre for Diversity, Solat Chaudhry, said: “I send my warmest congratulations to VolkerWessels UKa well-deserved win. It’s been a challenging year, and yet, it has not dented the excellent work that organisations and individuals do in promoting FREDIE best practice. 

“We had to have these awards this year. We could not ignore the fantastic efforts that everyone has continued doing. All the winners had inspirational stories to tell. 

 “All of the winners showed consummate professionalism and wonderful inclusive leadership from the senior management down to all the teams that deliver on the ground, and I congratulate everyone who works so hard day-in, day-out to maintain these high standards. 

 “Through the work of the FREDIEs we are able to build a better society, and our winners come from a wonderful cross section of private, public, education and charity sectors representing the very best.” 

Emma Ward, head of sustainability and inclusion at VolkerWessels UK said: “It is very important to us to ensure that VolkerWessels UK is a business where everyone can feel welcome and valued – a business that is attractive to a diverse workforce and which is enriched by diversity of thought.

“This recognition reflects the work of many, many people across the business over the past year, in particular, to ensure that inclusion has remained a key focus for us - including more than a hundred passionate EDI Champions, all those involved with our EDI steering committee and related groups, and all those across the business who value inclusion and work hard to promote its place in our culture.”