One of the key priorities of the Diversity Leadership Group (DLG) was to develop and share examples of robust diversity and inclusion (D&I) practice, from engineering employers, in order to inspire others to follow their lead. To help achieve this aim, the Academy worked in partnership with Pearn Kandola to develop the diversity and inclusion case studies included in this report. These have been designed for DLG members, wider engineering employers and institutions to draw on and replicate in order to help build a wider culture of inclusion.

Specific project objectives were to:

  • Develop case studies showcasing D&I good practice in a number of areas, reflecting the DLG subgroup two inclusion themes and Industry-led 10 Steps.
  • Provide guidance on creating and maintaining inclusive cultures.
  • Develop case studies highlighting specific initiatives, challenges, impact, hints and tips and next steps to support the implementation of D&I good practice.
  • Encourage engineering employers to use the case studies to build a culture of inclusion across the engineering profession.

There were six main stages to the development of the toolkit:

  • Review of the existing case study material provided by DLG members.
  • Interviews with DLG members and other companies in the engineering sector.
  • Research into case studies in the public domain.
  • Comparison with best practice, the DLG subgroup two inclusion themes and Industry-led 10 Steps.
  • Report writing and online development of materials.
  • Dissemination of the toolkit content across the DLG, signatories to the Industry-led 10 steps and others across the engineering profession. This was carried out at an event hosted by Siemens at The Crystal, Royal Victoria Docks on Tuesday 17 November 2015.

The DLG case study project was funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering and delivered by DLG subgroup two – building inclusive cultures in partnership with Pearn Kandola.