Building Equality - an alliance of construction organisations and professional Institutions working together to drive LGBT+ inclusion in the construction sector – have launched a new Toolbox Talk initiative to help stamp out the use of homophobic language and discriminatory behaviour towards LGBT+ professionals in the workplace.
The Toolbox – which is already being taken up by major contractors, construction consultants and professional institutions, and is proudly supported by RICS - encourages those that work in construction to call-out any such inappropriate behaviour. It also aims to educate others on LGBT+ rights, which alarmingly are taking a step backwards in some areas across the globe.
As part of Building Equality's work to collaborate with the wider supply chain, the network's anti-bullying Toolbox Talk initiative comprises of an informative presentation pack, to be used by site managers. The content and resources within the pack aim to educate others on the impact of discriminatory behaviour, LGBT+ history and encourage a supportive workplace were everyone is treated fairly and equally:
To accompany the Toolbox Talk resource, Building Equality have also launched an LGBT+ anti-bullying poster campaign to help drive inclusivity on construction sites as well as in offices. The posters challenge and raise awareness of the use of inappropriate language such as "That's so gay", and being LGBT is "just a phase".
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Building Equality Committee Member and RICS Regional Board Member, John Doyle MRICS of Dooley Associates in Manchester commented: "Bullying, intimidation and the use of inappropriate language can have a huge and damaging effect on people's lives, their mental health, and their ability to work. Yet sadly, we know that many LGBT+ people in construction do experience homophobia and discrimination in the workplace.
"We're committed to driving inclusivity in the construction sector, and our aim with both the Toolbox Talk initiative and our poster campaign is to encourage those that work in construction to not tolerate bullying, harassment and the use of inappropriate language, and call-out any such behaviour. This will help make the workplace fairer and more inclusive for everyone."
Building Equality are happy to present the Toolbox Talk to organisations. To arrange this or to request a free copy of the Toolbox Talk initiative to present internally and/or the LGBT+ anti-bullying posters, email John Doyle.
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