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The evidence is unequivocally clear that diversity within a workforce improves productivity. The construction industry has a lot of catching up to do here, but the signs are encouraging, and the will is there to change. The very fact that construction is starting from a lower base on diversity than most industries means that the gains to be had are greater. That’s an exciting opportunity.

This new one day summit will take a look at how the construction industry has approached different diversity streams around gender, race, LGBT, how they got started, how they have got support from stakeholders, and reaped the rewards. It will also look to other sectors and how the narrative is moving away from labelling groups, and initiatives to attract certain groups, top a more holistic approach that creates an environment where anyone from any background can belong.

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