Built environment bodies unite to improve equity, diversity, and inclusion in the sector
Key membership bodies in the built environment sector have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to drive the creation of a more diverse, equitable, and
inclusive sector, ensuring it is more representative of the society it serves.
The MoU brings together six organisations from across the sector: the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Landscape Institute (LI), Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), who collectively represent around 350,000 members.
‘I’m proud that the Landscape Institute is part of this cross-sector partnership,’ said LI Chief Executive Sue Morgan. ‘As designers, we seek to transform the world for the better. But to do this, we must understand and represent the interests and experiences of all the communities we serve.
‘We know that there are longstanding issues with diversity in the built environment workforce. By identifying the gaps between education and practice, our organisations seek to establish the root causes for this. And by pooling our collective resources and intelligence, as well as standardising our approach to gathering information, we will be able to put this data to best use – addressing systemic barriers and ultimately bringing about real, positive change.’