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Diversity and inclusion (Annual Review)

Diversity and inclusion

The future of the profession depends on the ability to create an inclusive empowered profession to attract the best people whatever their gender, sexual orientation or race. RICS is committed to raising awareness and promoting diversity and equality for the profession. 


Inspirational women in construction and infrastructure

We continue to collaborate with firms to identify the best way to attract women into the profession and ensure that they remain with us throughout their working life.

Genevieve Naidoo MRICS

According to Genevieve Naidoo MRICS, Divisional Executive: Property Finance Project Management and Valuations for Nedbank CIB in South Africa, there has been a significant increase in women operating in the industry compared to when she started her career; however, she believes that parity does not exist with men and women yet.

To attract and retain more women to the industry, it is essential women are bold enough not to be intimidated and persevere with being that change that the industry desperately needs.

Genevieve Naidoo MRICS

RICS is committed to

  • advancing inclusion for black professionals:  
  • improving the experience and representation of black professionals and to champion diversity and inclusion more broadly
  • establishing a panel of black professionals willing to contribute to seminars, articles and public engagements  
  • introducing a reverse mentoring programme to create opportunities for black professionals at all levels  
  • ensuring the next RICS profession salary survey gathers information on the ethnicity pay gap and help inform next steps
  • conducting and publishing details of its own ethnicity pay gap alongside its statutory gender pay reporting, and seeking firms prepared to publish their own data in the UK  
  • developing a broader, global D&I programme.  

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