Embracing difference

Inclusion is about accepting people for who they are - no matter of background, identity, or circumstances. It's about showing respect and making adjustments to remove barriers so that everyone is comfortable and confident to be themselves, where they feel valued and also empowered to add value.

Race Equality Week 2022 (7 – 13 February) 

Race Equality Week (REW) unites thousands of organisations and individuals to address barriers to race equality in the workplace. To continue our focus on talking about cultural differences, privilege and allyship, we’re hosting some online events and hope as many of our employees can join us to support this year’s theme ‘Actions Not Just Words’. 

REW Events at Amey 

Click here to view a pdf of the calendar of events or see below for details. The recordings of these events will be added to these web pages soon.    

Tuesday 8th Feb 1 – 2pm 

What does inclusion mean to me? Panel discussion and Q&A 

The Multicultural Network and business guests will host a panel discussion followed by a Q&A on what inclusion means to them to help raise awareness of why it's important to understand and recognise our differences. 

Click here to save the event to your Outlook calendar 

To join via phone (audio only)  

Call: +44 20 3321 5186  

Phone Conference ID: 652 925 899# 

Wednesday 9th Feb 2 – 3pm 

What is privilege anyway?  

Inclusion team members and affinity network leads will discuss views on difference and what privilege means to them.  

Click here to save the event to your Outlook calendar 

To join via phone (audio only)  

Call: +44 20 3321 5186  

Phone Conference ID: 369 962 410#  

Thursday 10th Feb 10:30 – 11:30am 

What does inclusion mean to me? Panel discussion and Q&A (2nd event) 

Click here to save the event to your Outlook calendar 

To join via phone (audio only)  

Call: +44 20 3321 5186  

Phone Conference ID: 248 554 316#  

Friday 11th Feb 10:30 – 11:30am 

What is privilege anyway? (2nd event) 

Click here to save the event to your Outlook calendar 

To join via phone (audio only)  

Call: +44 20 3321 5186  

Phone Conference ID: 522 446 455# 

Show your support on social media 

On Yammer, Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter, don’t feel shy to share your reason for supporting for REW.  

  • Use this template to add an image, include your own quote and then save as a jpg. Post on social using the hashtags #ActionNotJustWords #RaceEqualityWeek.  
  • Don’t forget to tag Amey so we can re-share. Click here for more details on the correct way to do this 

Join the Multicultural Network on Yammer – become a conscious ally 

The Amey Multicultural Network brings together multicultural colleagues to promote and educate on the diversity of cultures across the business. The network provides support and allyship to employees from multicultural backgrounds. All new members are welcome. Click here to join 

Click here to hear why Kelvin Campbell decided to take on the role of the Chair of the Network and why he’s passionate about actively speaking up and doing something about race inequality.  

 

Become an Inclusion Ambassador

Our Inclusion Ambassadors align to our Regional Hubs and are at the centre of activities taking place at a local level, providing a focal point in each contract, depot or office.

We’re always on the look out for employees with a passion for inclusion, interested in learning more about it, as well as being happy to share information back to their colleagues to become ambassadors.

We need people from every level of the business to help drive a culture change so that we can become a more inclusive, engaged and healthy workforce.

Everything you need to know about being an Amey Inclusion Ambassador webinar: to listen again click here.

Employees who take on this voluntary role (with their line manager’s approval) will spend approximately one day per month (spread across the month) acting as a positive role model helping to promote inclusive practices and campaigns as well as offering support to employees. 

See the links in the blue buttons on the right hand side of the page to find out more about the role and who to contact to have an initial discussion. 

Words without action isn’t enough

To seriously address race in the workplace, we all need to unite and work together to ensure we have an impact and change attitudes and behaviours that affect our ethnic minority employees. We're taking part in the Race Equality Matters initiative, Safe Space, a facilitated dialogue between senior leaders and employees representing ethnic minorities, discussing the reality of what it’s like in our workplaces and identifying what needs to be changed. Commitments and actions will be agreed to help tackle some of the issues raised, to create real change around racial inequality.

Understanding privilege and the different types of bias and inequalities in the workplace is crucial to changing behaviours and addressing the issues.  Click here to listen again to one of the webinars we held with employees to discuss this subject.

Network groups

Our networks continue to provide a community of support and connection, a safe space to share concerns, learn from one another and generate ideas for future campaigns. These groups are open to all employees - see links on the right hand side of the page for the Yammer groups.

Women at Amey promoting gender inclusion at Amey through attracting, supporting, developing and retaining women in our business at all stages of their career. We are a virtual group of over 400 employees based on Yammer and open for all employees to join.

Pride Network is open for all to join. Our aim is to build an environment that's safe and inclusive of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people and their allies. The group takes part in Pride across the UK and hosts online social and learning events. Join the conversation on Yammer to find out more.

Multicultural Network brings together multicultural colleagues to promote and educate on the diversity of cultures across the business. The network provides support and allyship to employees from multicultural backgrounds. Click here to hear why Kelvin Campbell has taken on the role of Chair and why he’s passionate about actively speaking up and doing something about race inequality. All new members are welcome.

Neurodiversity Network has two main aims: the first aim is to create a safe space for employees who identify as neurodiverse, or have been diagnosed with neurological conditions (such as ADHD, Autism Spectrum Condition, Dyslexia), to reach out and contact like-minded individuals at Amey. The second aim is to raise awareness of neurodiversity to those who wish to broaden their understanding of what it means and how it can effect their colleagues.

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