As is well documented, the construction industry is male-dominated – with a recent CCF survey placing the number of women in non-clerical roles at lower than 5%. While Haslin stands by our many principled and technically astute male staff, we believe that our industry should reflect the diverse makeup of the world that we build infrastructure for. To that end, Haslin is committed to correcting the imbalance with a combination of Policy and Industry Activism.
Led by Haslin’s General Manager Gladys Woods (above), Haslin have been staunch supporters of the Civil Contracting Foundation’s Women In Civil Mentoring Program since 2017. Through structured mentor-mentee relationships over a nine month period, the program aims to provide an environment of support for women, encouraging them to join – or ensuring they remain – in the civil construction industry. Haslin are also a CCF Employer Champion for Women in Civil, with a firm commitment to:
- Support CCF NSW’s vision of equal gender participation in civil by 2050: 50% by 2050;
- Implement employment processes that proactively seek to encourage female applications and then consider women for all roles;
- Implement ‘Equal pay for equal roles’ regardless of gender;
- Constantly review internal and external communications such as intra office messaging and websites to ensure there is diversity in the imaging and language used;
- Support and empower women in the workplace by participating in initiatives such as the CCF NSW Women in Civil Program;
- Train staff in managing and supervising a diverse workforce;
- Set and meet targets for participation of females employed in directly civil construction related roles.
Policy for Parity
Haslin’s corporate culture is built on a spirit of intersectional inclusivity; we’re committed to reflecting the diversity of our country in the makeup of our company. This is undergirded in Haslin’s HR Policy, which – in line with the CCF commitment outlined above – dictates that all women who apply for an engineering role are offered an interview. This ensures that women’s voices in our industry are heard.