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What is a workplace internal diversity and inclusion policy / standard?

Firms often have a policy committed to eliminating discrimination and promoting inclusivity, equality and
diversity - might apply to all employees as well as others engaged with, e.g. clients, job applicants and third parties

Firms might also have standards including unacceptable behaviour (including bullying, harassment and victimisation) may involve actions, words or physical gestures that might cause another person distress or discomfort


What legislation protects every person in the UK?

The Equality Act became law in 2010. It covers everyone in Britain and protects people from discrimination, harassment and/or victimisation.

Everyone in Britain is protected.


Harassment is unlawful under the Equality Act, what does this include?

o spreading malicious rumours
o unfair treatment
o picking on or regularly undermining someone
o denying someone’s training or promotion opportunities


What is bullying and harassment?

Bullying and harassment is behaviour that makes someone feel intimidated or offended


What is unconscious bias?

Unconscious bias is where our brains / people make quick judgements and assessments of people and
situations without realising.

Biases = influenced by backgrounds, cultural environment and personal experiences.

Psychologists tell us that our unconscious biases are simply down to our natural people preferences.

Biologically we are hard-wired to prefer people who look like us, sound like us and share our interests =
social categorisation: a process in which we sort people into groups, a gravitation towards the "safe" or familiar

It can have impacts on selection processes i.e. team selection or recruitment

Females in the construction industry are a specific example


How can we reduce unconscious bias?

To reduce unconscious bias in the selection process / appointments it is important to set a clear criteria
against each appointment, ensuring equity above difference


What is the supply chain?

network between a company and its suppliers to produce and distribute a specific product
to the final buyer / user (e.g. raw material – supplier – developer / manufacturer – distributor – retailer –


What is supply chain management?

SCM = developing relationships with the supply chain

Modern procurement methods are moving towards integrated supply chains where parties in the supply chain have a long-term objective to work together to deliver added value to the client


What are the benefits of supply chain management?

Betters relationships to avoid conflict

The benefits for end-users and project clients = more responsive to delivering facilities that better meet
user needs, delivered to time and cost with minimum defects (quality)