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Diversity and Inclusion

Our teams have created a strong working and learning environment built on a culture of collaboration and integrity. In 2017 SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins won the Diversity in Engineering Award at the SEMTA Skills Awards. But we’re not stopping there. We want to be a truly inclusive employer and that means continuing to improve for the benefit of everyone. We value the diversity of people because we believe it’s the right thing to do. The result is an ethic that supports each other’s strengths and learns from each other’s differences. It is what keeps making us stronger, more agile and more driven together.  

A Common Commitment

Our strongest advocates for diversity and inclusion are our employees. Through self-generated staff networks, with our support, we are collaborating towards our 5-year diversity and inclusion challenge. Our networks give our underrepresented groups a voice and promoting a more inclusive culture for all. They provide opportunities for social interaction, peer support and personal development, as well as contribute to the development of policies and working practices. Here are some of our existing staff networks: 


Women at Atkins

As a global company we’re committed to leading change for gender equality and equity in our industry. It’s a reflection of who we are and it’s what we believe in – shaping a better future. Through best practices, training and mentoring, we’re accelerating the progress of our female employees at all career stages. By developing leadership skills in one another and creating career opportunities for all we’re working towards the success of everyone at Atkins, as individuals and as a business. Read more


ParentNet was set up in recognition that working parents can face challenges and work-life balance conflicts. Not just women who have recently returned to work, but both men and women who have children of all ages. The aim of the forum is to be safe space of support when feeling isolated by a challenge that team members don’t understand. It’s encouraging to know that others are in the same boat, and to get suggestions from people who really ‘get’ the work environment and practicalities of your situation.


This is a place for staff at SNC-Lavalin's Atkins business to discuss LGBT+ issues. We welcome all employees with an interest, regardless of whether they identify themselves as a member of the LGBT community or otherwise.. Read more

Black Asian and Minority Ethnicities (BAME) Network

This Network was set up to better understand the challenges affecting BAME employees. The forum discusses ideas and solutions around concerns of race and provides an open and supportive environment for individuals. The network wants to influence change toward more inclusion, help the business better appreciate the diverse ethnic contexts in which it operates, and support the business in achieving our D&I objectives.

ENABLE Disability Network

ENABLE has been set up as a friendly open forum to allow employees and carers to share ideas, information and news. The forum recognises that how our members perceive disability is a very individual thing and we don’t use labels. Contributors add items ranging from sickness and benefits to disability issues.

Mental Health Pledge

Last year we signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge – a commitment to change the way we think and act about mental health at every level of our UK & Europe business. We pledge to help break down the stigma around mental health by keeping the conversation going and guiding behaviours across all levels of our business as part of caring for our employees. In 2017 we were proud to kick off a pilot programme of Mental Health First Aiders. We joined up with the mental health charity Mind to train 50 volunteers. Read more here


Diversity in Engineering Award Winner 2017

The annual honour recognises a company that has made a measurable difference to increase diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and to create an environment where employees can thrive.

"When it comes to diversity, we're on a long journey, and as an industry we still have a lot to accomplish. This award recognises how far we've come and the impact that our commitment has already had on our ability to recruit, develop and retain the very best people in our industry. We want to build on this progress, stretch our ambitions even further and make our organisation truly inclusive for all."

Sharron Pamplin, HR director, UK & Europe

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