Fairness, Inclusion and Respect Toolkit

Encouraging a culture where everyone is treated fairly is important in establishing and maintaining a safe and productive workplace.

Clients and large contractors are increasingly working to develop a culture of Fairness, Inclusion and Respect (FIR) within their workplaces. This includes promoting equality and diversity, combating discrimination and promoting people’s wellbeing.

They are increasingly expecting their supply chain partners to work with them to achieve this.

Each and every individual should feel they are a valued part of a team, project and organisation as a whole.

Whether site or office based, an employee’s sense of belonging and inclusion enhances their own experience at work, which in turn benefits the organisation.

The advantages of developing FIR in the workplace include:

  1. Making workplaces safer. People better protect their own health and safety, and that of people around them, when they feel valued and included.
  2. Attracting, recruiting and retaining the talent needed. Our industry is currently drawing from a pool of talent that is unrepresentative of our communities and is often not considered an attractive place to work, by many. We are facing significant skills and talent shortages. Promoting a culture of Fairness, Inclusion and Respect is helping to change that.
  3. Facilitating innovation and creativity. Teams that include a wide range of views and ideas are better at identifying new and effective solutions than teams made up of people who think alike.
  4. Better collaboration. People and teams work better together when everyone feels valued.

To gain a better and more thorough understanding of FIR, please feel free to use the FIR Toolkit for Construction. This was funded by CITB and created by clients (including Highways England and Network Rail) and contractors. It is entirely free to access and use.

The FIR Toolkit includes e-learning courses:

  1. Achieving business success through Fairness, Inclusion and Respect (module for directors, senior managers and professionals)
  2. Fairness, Inclusion and Respect on site: Why it matters and how to achieve it (module for team and site managers)
  3. Setting up an inclusive site and site office
  4. Flexible working

Watch one of the induction videos below, and learn more about FIR and gain access to all FIR Toolkit resources (including Toolbox Talks and a resource library) using the link below.

Link to this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtPdagtsrIA&feature=youtu.be

Supply Chain Sustainability School FIR Toolkit

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Supply Chain Sustainability School (2016)

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