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Equality, diversity & inclusion in India

We're not all the same and that's our greatest strength.

Like our geographical footprint here in India, our work is all about diversity. From highspeed rail networks to airports, nuclear plants to highways, this mix of challenges, geologies, cultures and languages requires a huge range of backgrounds, experiences and knowledge.

That’s one reason why diversity is important to us. It enhances our ability to understand our clients and communities – so we can create more innovative, sustainable and inclusive solutions.

Yet Equality, Diversity & Inclusion is about much more than business performance. It's about creating a more welcoming place to work, where everyone feels valued and free to share ideas. It’s about working collaboratively with our industry and our clients to do the same. And it’s simply the right thing to do.

Putting ED&I at the heart of India

So we’re on a journey to put these principles at the heart of our culture and day-to-day work. It’s a journey led by all of us – supporting each other to create a more equal, diverse and inclusive place to thrive.

To help us get there faster, we’re aligned to the organization’s global ED&I program – Different makes a difference. What’s more, the India region also has its own tailored action plans to deliver on the issues that matter most to our people here.

You won’t just experience these values inside the business. You’ll also inspire the world around you – through more inclusive, accessible and sustainable design.

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Weaving ED&I into everything we do

Join us in India and you join over 3500 people from a multitude of different cultures and abilities. Our goal is to make sure that every single person feels included and has an equal voice – and that we’re sensitive to your individual needs and ambitions.

You won’t just experience these values inside the business, you’ll also inspire the world around you – through more inclusive, accessible and sustainable design. We’re creating a better future and you can help make it happen.

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Removing barriers so we can all thrive

Change can only be driven by the right leaders – trusted, multi-cultural and inclusive leaders who make us feel valued, empowered and psychologically safe. This means removing barriers to progress at every level. It means further diversifying our hiring to include all under-represented groups. And it means increasing female representation throughout the region, especially in leadership.

We’re working hard to elevate female representation in leadership and across the organization. Of course, it doesn’t stop with hiring. No matter who you are, you’ll also be supported with ground-breaking learning opportunities. To unleash your full potential, give you an equal chance of success, and enhance your career through more opportunities.

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Becoming a voice for change

We don’t just let our actions do the talking; we encourage everyone to use their voice to champion progress across India. From the top to the bottom, our diverse teams are making a difference across the region – and we’re proud to share our stories about how design can improve lives. Doing what’s right is what people know us for – and it’s what you’ll be known for too.

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An overview of female representation across our organization in APAC in 2022 and 2023.

Our commitments

  • Increasing the total percentage of women in professional, management and senior management positions.
  • Reinforcing the awareness of diversity and inclusion through education and training.
  • Promoting inclusiveness in our policies, practices and business relationships; and.
  • Recruiting and onboarding candidates from a diverse and talented applicant pool.
  • Monitoring progress toward achieving a more diverse workplace.

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Measuring progress thoroughly and clearly

We know that our progress needs to be both meaningful and measurable. Great Place to Work® are a global authority on building, sustaining and recognizing High-Trust, High-Performance Culture TM at workplaces. More than 10,000 organizations across over 60 countries undergo a Great Place to Work® assessment every year. So, for our Global Technology Centre in India to achieve this for a second time is a testament to the great culture and ethos embedded in the company.

Our ED&I progress is also informed by employee experiences and properly evaluated by our people. We do this every year – combining deep data with far-reaching surveys across the region. This information is freely and clearly available to all our people.

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It's your business to help make us better

Our journey is ongoing, and progress doesn’t just come from a program or a leader – we all need to be part of the difference. So we encourage everyone to get involved and make their voices heard. This is most evident in our self-generated Employee Resource Groups – representing groups from women to LGBTQ+ and more. Every voice matters. And only by hearing them all will we create a culture that fosters true inclusivity and equality

Our employee resource groups

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Aham Asmi

This is a place for our employees to discuss LGBTQ+ issues, regardless of whether they identify themselves as a member of the LGBTQ+ community or otherwise.

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ABLE is a friendly vibrant community for sharing ideas, information and news relevant to those affected by disability – visible or not.

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Genesis is a group for embracing multi generational work force to ask questions, share stories, support and mentor each other. All are welcome to join, whether you’re an intern, fresher, line manager or director!

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The Women’s Business Network (WBN) is a staff network encouraging a gender-balanced, inclusive workplace where all employees can flourish. We endeavour to create a space for attendees to network and share knowledge with colleagues from across the business and other organisations.

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Diversity Across Regions and Ethnicities Network understands that people are diverse and have varying religions, beliefs, faiths and are from different regions. We want to embrace everyone’s individual relationship with their diverse aspects, and we want to celebrate with all of our people within our organisation. Our Network helps us cultivate an environment in which staff of all can have confidence in themselves and feel empowered to bring their whole selves to work.

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