We are committed to ensuring colleagues feel that their differences and similarities are celebrated and appreciated. One of the ways we’re achieving this is through our Employee Communities. They represent a broad spectrum of what makes up our culture, and help to keep employees engaged and motivated. The Communities include:
Pride at Work
Our ambition is for current and future generations of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) employees to feel comfortable, safe and included at work. Pride at Work is a welcoming and safe space where our LGBTQ+ and allied members can thrive and feel included. The group aims to provide informal support to LGBTQ+ colleagues and is run by employees for all employees.
Women in Cadent
Women in Cadent is a network of colleagues from across our business, who are all committed to creating equality and supporting women’s professional and personal development. The community works closely with our Women’s Engineering Society ambassadors to support opportunities for female engineers, and partners with the Women’s Utilities Network which was co-founded by Cadent’s Director of Strategy, Dr Angela Needle.
The Embrace Community raises awareness of and drives discussion on issues affecting colleagues from an ethnic minority background, and of all religions. We are committed to developing a workforce that reflects the communities we serve, and Embrace plays a key role in helping to create an inclusive environment for all.
We actively support service leavers entering the business, our current reservists and those that have previously served. The Military Community take an active lead in supporting recruitment, and in the Armed Forces Day and Reserve Forces Day events.
Our newest community, Thrive is an employee-led community created to raise awareness of and support people with disabilities within Cadent. Its community members share a common vision of focusing on ability and making our workplace accessible and supportive to all.
With the support of our Communities, we’ve launched a series of internal and external campaigns to drive discussions around inclusion. This has included live ‘Lunch & Learn’ sessions to educate and inspire colleagues, keeping them connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through our social media campaigns, we have shared personal stories and lived experiences from a range of colleagues.
National Inclusion Week
Race Equality Week
Black History Month
LGBTQ+ History Month
International Women’s Day
International Women in Engineering Day
International Day of Disabilities
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