Building an inclusive culture with colleague networks at Travis Perkins
At Travis Perkins, we welcome individuals from all walks of life and pride ourselves in offering a culture-enriched foundation that makes our Group a great place to work.
We’re taking a proactive stance to build an inclusive colleague culture. We want everyone to be at their best and it’s our ambition that everyone within our Group feels safe, welcome and confident to be their true selves.
You be you, it makes us, us, as we say.
We’re on a journey and are committed to becoming an industry-leading employer of diverse teams, where everyone feels they can belong. Have a read below about our 5 colleague networks that are driving real positive change and creating an inclusive, welcoming culture for all.
One of our newest Networks, Ability’s aim is to raise awareness of some of the challenges our colleagues face whilst in the workplace - from hidden and visible disabilities to long-term health conditions; and to create and maintain environments where those personally affected feel at ease to disclose and share their experience.
Our first step in the right direction has been to partner with Valuable 500 and the Business Disability Forum. Our membership with these groups includes self-assessments that continuously help us to pinpoint areas of improvement. In December 2021 we announced that we had joined the Disability confident scheme run by the Department of Work and Pensions.
As part of our commitment, we’ve started to review our policies, and locations (store, branch, warehouse and offices) with the view to making them accessible for those with disabilities.
The aim of our Awareness of Cultures and Ethnicities (ACE) network is to celebrate diversity by:
- Creating a safe and friendly environment where everyone from different backgrounds can be themselves and talk about issues close to their heart
- Educating each other and those around the business about the different traditions that each ethnic community brings with them
- Cultivating a culture where we attract, retain, and develop colleagues from a wider and more diverse pool of candidates to help us better represent the communities within which we operate and provide an inclusive environment for all of our colleagues and customers.
- Committing to zero tolerance against discrimination (and holding people accountable for their actions).
We celebrate and educate about cultural and observance events, such as Chinese New Year, Ramadan, Diwali, and black history month through communications and events across the Group - watch the highlights here from one of our recent discussions to mark the International Day for the End of Racial Discrimination. And lead on the initiative to introduce Multi-Faith/well being Rooms, where people of all faiths can take some time out of their day to pause and reflect.
At Travis Perkins, we strive to empower LGBTQ+ communities, both within and outside of our workforce. Similarly to our other networks, we take a proactive stance by celebrating and supporting campaigns like Pride and advocating brilliant allyship across the group and beyond.
Our progress, in this regard, can be seen in the results of our digital Ally workshop. This workshop focuses on educating our colleagues and equipping them with the tools to understand, respect and value who they and others are. This way, we can work together without fear or prejudice – all while being our authentic selves!
TP Inc Balance for Better
Seeking “Balance for Better,” Travis Perkins challenges gender imbalance by supporting and lending a voice to campaigns and events that promote equality. We actively participate in campaigns such as Women in Construction Week, and awareness events like International Women’s day and hold quarterly regional meetings and free open forums that cover topical talking points.
We’re here to:
- provide a networking space for women and male allies to network across the Travis Perkins Group.
- support and build confidence, allowing individuals to thrive in their working environments and see future career options
- drive positive change to the gender balance agenda through positive action activity streams
- educate, challenge and raise awareness of gender imbalance across Group
- provide an opportunity for our male allies to understand the topics of gender balance and provide insight into how they can play a part in furthering the agenda
Constant collaboration and open listening have helped our group to drive business change in the form of more flexibility, tolerance, and fairness, including one of our recent achievements of halving the gender pay gap to 5%. And through our positive action work streams, we’re helping to shape family friendly, flexibility and menopause policies; uniform options to ensure everyone is comfortable to be and feel themselves at work; introduce female reverse mentoring and support Women in Data & Tech.
The vision of our Youth network is to offer the younger generations of the TP family a platform to share insight, opinions and experiences; raise the profile, ambition and appeal of working across the Group to young people; and ensure that there are visible diverse role models at all levels of our organisation.
We want to
Attract younger people by being a group that acknowledges trends and accepts change - we understand that work expectations are constantly evolving and that disrupting typical ways of working can provoke positive change.
Retain younger colleagues by providing them with opportunities and room to grow - to see their job with us as a career that knows no bounds and that they have an important role to play in the strategic direction of our business and the wider industry.
Encourage younger people by creating environments that are comfortable and safe - that spark voices to be heard and welcome opinions and feedback, and policies and procedures that are fit for purpose, now and in the future.
We’re celebrated our first International Youth Day in August 2022.
Why join Travis Perkins Group? Because we truly care!
Our networks have been vital to giving a louder voice to important issues, and we’ll always continue to support a culture of openness and fairness so that everyone can be comfortable as their true self at work.
With a variety of roles available, from branch manager to part-time and apprentice jobs, we have opportunities that suit most requirements and personalities. So, find out how you can build your career with us, or sign up for job alerts so you never miss an opportunity. We look forward to having you on our team and contributing to our networks!
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