Our profession can only deliver to the public advantage if we reflect the needs and experiences of the diverse societies we serve.
We want to see an inclusive profession where every individual has an equal opportunity to add their unique perspective, to develop and fulfil their potential, and to succeed to the fullest extent of their ambition. This is the only way we will succeed in addressing the challenges we face in the built and natural environment, which are becoming ever more complex, global and interconnected.
RICS’ Global CEO Sean Tompkins recently made a personal commitment alongside other RICS leaders to meet with black professionals to hear their experience of working in our sector. These ongoing conversations have shown us that we have a long way to go in building the inclusive profession we all want to see. Not least, because black professionals represent just 2% of RICS members.
As a result, RICS is announcing steps to improve the experience and representation of black professionals – and to champion diversity and inclusion more broadly – as core priorities in our day-to-day work as a global professional body.
Richard Collins, Executive Director of the Profession, and RICS’ executive sponsor for diversity and inclusion who is leading these initiatives, said:
“We are listening and will continue to listen to the views and experiences of black professionals. This can only be a first step, as the need for action is clearer than ever.
"We will be working with our profession to drive positive change that will improve opportunity for black professionals, build a more diverse profession, and inspire new generations of talent to join and be welcomed within our industry.”
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These initial steps are just a beginning. An international programme of work will be developed, and RICS will be reviewing and updating its broader diversity strategy and action plans for the profession later in the year.
We will continue to update this page with new information and further initiatives.
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