Harnessing different people and ideas drives us forward

Diversity & Inclusion

Lendlease is all about creating places where people feel comfortable in their environment, allowing us all to be the best we can be. A diverse and inclusive workplace not only means people feel valued, it helps build a better, stronger and more innovative Lendlease.

Our global inclusion strategy is focused on embedding flexible work; achieving gender equity; and building an inclusive workplace.


Lendlease encourages flexibility because everyone leads different lives and has different needs. Our flexible work policy provides for arrangements such as flexible working hours, moving to part-time hours and/or job sharing.


Lendlease is committed to a level playing field so everyone has an equal chance of success. We are focused on ensuring all our processes, policies and opportunities are fair and equitable for all.


When people feel valued and included it helps build a better, stronger and more innovative Lendlease. We are supporting our leaders to play a more active role in having an open mind, listening to all opinions, being aware of our biases and setting people up for success.

Diversity & Inclusion governance

Our strong internal governance structure supports our drive for an inclusive workplace. We are currently establishing an inclusion network to replace the existing Employee Resource Group structure. We have agreed regional priorities and our regional inclusion network will supplement the work of our Global Council.

Our inclusion network will advocate and advise on diversity issues across our company, and our dedicated Diversity & Inclusion team drives policy development and strategy, ensuring that we manage diversity and inclusion on a daily basis.

Our inclusion network consists of:

  • Gender Equity
  • LGBT
  • All abilities

Our partnerships

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Stonewall is the world’s second-largest LGBTQ+ charity. For twenty years, the charity has been supporting employers to create welcoming workplaces for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people.

This year, Lendlease received a Bronze Award from Stonewall recognising our work to create a more inclusive workplace. While we realise we still have a way to go, we will continue to work until all of our colleagues feel safe being out as LGBTQ+ at work

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National Equality Standard

We have been awarded the National Equality Standard (NES) in 2017. The NES is a ground-breaking initiative developed for business and by business, which sets clear equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) criteria against which companies will be assessed. It is supported by the Home Office and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). The Equality  and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) was involved  in its development and launch.

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Vercida is a diversity and inclusion employer brand platform. We were recognised in their Top 10 Gender Diversity Employers in  2017. https://www.vercida.com/uk/employers/lendlease 

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Workingmums.co.uk was launched in 2006 to connect employers offering flexible full time, part time or home based jobs with professional women seeking flexible positions.  As well as an active jobs board, franchise directory and community website, Workingmums.co.uk also works with employers to share and celebrate best practice in  gender diversity, flexible working, career progression for women, family support and returner programmes through a range of round-table events, research reports and  Awards. Additionally, our recruitment team offers search and selection services, placing permanent and contract staff into forward-thinking organisations who understand  the business benefits of employing talented individuals on a flexible basis. Visit Lendlease’s profile here.

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The CITB Be Fair Framework is an industry specific standard which provides a structure for employers to address fairness, inclusion and respect within their  organisation. This is the very first industry specific equality framework, designed in consultation with the construction and built environment sector, which encourages  businesses to adopt practices which will enable them to maximise the rewards of our rich and diverse economy. It serves as guidance for those in the sector making a  commitment to change.The Framework is supported by the Construction Industry Leadership Forum for Fairness, Inclusion and Respect (with representation from key  industry stakeholders such as UKCG, Construction Alliance, CIC, ICE and CIOB). This is the main driving force within CITB’s FIR strategy for delivering cultural change  within the built environment and construction sector.

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Minding the Gap

When it comes to gender equity we are committed to creating a level playing field so everyone has an equal chance of success. This applies to all our processes and policies, ensuring opportunities are fair and equitable for all.

Our journey

    • Hosted a panel ‘The True nature of LGBT inclusion in the workplace’ with Vercida, attended by a variety of employers to celebrate LGBT history month
    • Participated in the Student Pride careers fair as part of the Building Equality Group
    • Joined 300 industry colleagues at London Pride as part of the Building Equality Group
    • Times Top 50 Employers for Women
    • Highly Commended in the Construction News Awards ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ 2018
    • Our graduate intake for September 2018 is 62% female and 18% BAME
    • Participated in the Student Pride careers fair as part of the Building Equality Group
    • Marched at London Pride as part of the Building Equality Group
    • Our graduate intake arose from 38% females in 2015 to 54% in 2017
    • Our Campaign ‘A Place for All’ highlights the diversity of roles available in our company and promotes role models from a variety of backgrounds
    • 32 women took part in our personal development programme Empower
    • Established our first gender equality network
    • Finalist in the Construction News Awards ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ 2017
    • Vercida Top 10 Gender Diversity Employers
    • Joined the Real Estate Balance, an organisation focused on addressing the gender imbalance in our sector
    • Joined WorkingMums, an organisation focused on promoting parents
    • Awarded with the National Equality Standard
    • Successful rainbow laces campaign (over 3,000 laces have been issued to our construction workers rainbow laces to wear in their site boots)
    • Stonewall no-bystanders campaign
    • Establishment of a LGBT Construction Working Group
    • Marching at London Pride as a LGBT Construction Working Group
    • Stonewall Equality Walk in Brighton
    • Establishment of an off-site networking group (bringing LGBT people together from across the infrastructure and construction sector for networking events and talks)
    • Hosted an event by Freehold, which is an LGBT networking forum for the real estate sector
    • Moved up more than 60 places in the Stonewall Equality Index in 2015
    • Hosted a Stonewall seminar which invited Lendlease, EDF Energy, Balfour Beatty and Stonewall to discuss how we can “Build an Inclusive Construction Industry”
    • Participated in the Student Pride careers fair
    • Shortlisted as a finalist in the Construction News Awards ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ 2016