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LGBT+ and Allies network celebrate diversity at Pride in London

Costain at Pride London 2018

17 July 2018

Fifty Costain people and their families were among 30,000 marchers at Pride in London on 07 July. With the mercury hitting 31 degrees, organiser and LGBT+ and Allies Network chair Sophie Sharpe was joined by Sally Austin and Alex Vaughan in reaffirming our commitment to celebrating diversity, in our organisation and the supply chain.

“We were proud to participate as an organisation in the Pride in London parade for the second year running”, Sophie said.

“We celebrated our diverse Costain LGBT+ community and showed we are striving to create a culture where everyone can be themselves and be at their best at work. I owe special thanks to Liz Wright, who’s done a fantastic job organising our march at Pride in London this year.”

The Costain presence at Pride events is part of the wider strategy to enhance our equality, diversity and inclusion. “Marching at Pride is an important signal to everyone in Costain, and to our stakeholders, that we celebrate our people’s rights to celebrate their orientation and identity”, Clara Wicks, Costain equality, diversity and inclusion manager, said.

“This year we marched with more Costain executive directors than ever before. I’m supporting our Costain LGBT+ and Allies Network to finalise our strategy to promote LGBT+ inclusion and equality.”

As well as Pride in London, the LGBT+ and Allies Network are arranging for a Costain presence at Manchester Pride in late August 2018. “2018 will mark the most ever Costain people at Pride”, Sally Austin said. “The engineering and technology sector is one of the most progressive in supporting LGBT+ communities, and our transformation into the smart infrastructure solutions company is reflected in how many of our people feel confident and welcome in being themselves in every part of their lives.”