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30 Jul 2013

Arup to start Singapore's first engineering industry LGBT diversity network

Engineering MNC Arup's inaugural LGBT diversity meeting on August 1 is open to employees of other companies in the built environment industry, including engineers and architects, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Singapore office of Arup, a UK-headquartered multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm, will hold its inaugural LGBT diversity meeting on August 1 as part of the company's effort to support its LGBT staff members and promote inclusion in the workplace. The event is open to employees of other companies in the built environment industry, including engineers and architects, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The session will feature guest speakers from Pink Dot Sg, Alan Seah and Paerin Choa; and explore the barriers facing individuals in the workplace and explain how taking steps to promote an inclusive working environment can benefit everyone. 

A spokesman from Arup Singapore told Fridae that the company hopes the event will help shape the focus of the diversity committee's activities within the engineering and construction services industry in the future. He added that the company is in contact with other private sector firms in Singapore who share a similar vision and hopes to collaborate with them.

A local diversity committee handles all aspects of diversity and inclusion within Singapore's office. For LGBT matters, the committee works closely with ConnectOut, the company's LGBT employee resource group, to promote inclusion in the workplace. The network was established in Arup's UK, Middle East and Africa regions in 2012 and has 60 members on its mailing list.

Established in 1968, the Singapore office employs over 200 staff, and has contributed to iconic landmarks including ION Orchard, Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore Flyer. The company employs over 10,000 staff based in 92 offices across 42 countries in Africa, the Americas, Australasia, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Arup was the first and is the only engineering consultancy to be listed on the 2012 Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, an annual benchmarking exercise conducted by the LGBT rights charity Stonewall to determine the UK's top employers for LGBT staff.

The event is open to anyone currently working in the built environment, including engineers and architects, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Interested participants should register in advance via email to SINDiversityCommittee@arup.com. The event will run from 6-9pm on August 1, Thursday at Arup, 10 Hoe Chiang Road #26-01 Keppel Towers.


Reader's Comments

Comment #1 was deleted by its author on 2013-08-01 18:56
2. 2013-08-01 18:58  
Yes, i read book regarding recruitment/employment
finding that there was implicit indication of discrimination addressed to LGBT.
It is different from real life by making comparison for example
2 shops: 1 shop was fulfilled by visitors because the workers are gays.
another shop was empty from visitor because the worker are straight.

There was also difference:
straight people has no love to workers because their love was to their family. in contrary
Gay Leader with many subordinates having love to workers.

love is outstanding value contributed by gays compared to straight.

In addition, gay should able to expand scope of jobs
Majority nowdays, LGBT's job scope related to organic field and regardless inorganic fields.
This is to give LGBT into various activities and more choice

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