Katherine Sang, Abigail Powell (2012). “Equality, diversity, inclusion and work-life balance in construction”, in Human Resource Management in Construction – Critical Perspectives, eds. Andrew Dainty, Martin Loosemore,163-196, London: Routledge.
The chapter begins with the bitter observation that despite some initiatives carried out in the industry over the past 20 years, the construction sector remains predominantly white, male, and able-bodied. Sand and Powell make the case for equality, diversity and inclusion in the construction industry on both ethical and business grounds, arguing that not only fighting for those principles is a matter of social justice, but also of business efficiency. After providing an overview of the situation of racial and gender inequalities in the sector, notably mobilising the concept work life balance, the authors delve into the structural and cultural factors which have led to the perpetuation of these inequalities. Lastly, they issue some recommendations to address racism and sexism, touching upon recruitment methods, equality impact assessments, and the collection of data on employees’ diversity.