Anglian Water

About Anglian Water

“Inclusion is vital to the success of our organisation. Having a wealth of people from different backgrounds and with different experiences introduces new ways of thinking which in turn informs the ways in which we work. Challenging our thinking and decision-making helps us to continually improve and outperform against our targets. It also better reflects our region and the customers and communities that we serve every single day”. – Peter Simpson, Chief Executive Officer

Our customers come from a wide range of backgrounds, and we think our workplace should reflect that. We are committed to making sure all our colleagues feel they belong and are supported to succeed. We have an active Inclusion Community which is a place for anyone interested in diversity and inclusion to connect. We encourage all our colleagues, regardless of gender identity or expression, ethnic origin, nationality, religion or beliefs, age, sexual orientation, disability status or any other protected characteristic, to get involved in our Inclusion Community, which celebrates our different backgrounds and experiences, as well as driving positive change in the workplace. The more our workplace reflects our customers, the better service we can provide for them.

We recognise that everyone has different needs. Certain groups of people do have greater need for support and the removal of barriers to allow them to work in a way that works for them. For example, we know that despite enormous social change in recent decades, women are generally still the primary carers of children. This is why we have policies that target support to women, without excluding other parents. Likewise we know that people are living longer and working longer and more of us will become carers for our parents or other adult family members. This is why we are creating policies that better support carers more broadly than childcare.

Having everyone feel welcomed and valued at work means we can all be happier, healthier and safer and this is fundamental to our business success. Inclusion is the key to our wellbeing; in order to be happy, we need to feel comfortable to be ourselves. It is embedded in our Values – Together we Build Trust, Do the right thing and Are always exploring.

Our Culture

Inclusion is for everyone

At Anglian Water we believe Inclusion is for everyone this means that everyone is welcome, free to be themselves and valued for who they are. The important thing to remember is that we all have a part to play in making inclusion a reality at Anglian Water.

Why is inclusion so important in the workplace?

Inclusion in the workplace is vital to Anglian Water’s continued success. It enables everyone to perform at their best and attracting the best talent – being treated fairly, working on a level playing field and being valued for our individuality is what we all deserve and expect; it gets the best out of us.

Enhancing our success – having a wealth of people from different backgrounds and experiences introduces new ways of thinking and challenges us to continually improve and outperform. Reflecting the needs of our customers – we serve our customers every day. By representing and understanding them better, we can serve them better.

Our Activity

Strength In Diversity is a long-term project working with communities to change the diversity of our workforce to better reflect the demographics of the region, especially racial and social diversity. We’ll focus on 5 -6 areas within our region, initially starting in Peterborough, working with schools, colleges, job centres and community groups.

From a Company perspective we have committed to:

  • Educating and sharing awareness
  • Growing our Inclusion Community
  • Holiday policy updated to allow for employees to swap holiday for their own festivals
  • Transgender policy
  • Family friendly – shared parental leave
  • Updating PPE – modesty for women, religion and pregnancy
  • Shortlisted for Water Industry award for Holiday Swap policy

Every other month we hold speaker events and cover topics related to Health and Ability, Race and Ethnicity, Gender, Sexuality and Gender Identity, Age, Social Mobility and Religion and Belief. Over the last year our guest speakers have included:

Racing driver Nicolas Hamilton was a guest speaker during our health and ability focus in February, sharing his story of growing up and becoming a racing driver. Inspiring and eye-opening talk on the challenges he has faced.

During Black History Month 2022 we were delighted to welcome award-winning executive coach and mentor Dawn Morton-Young, who spoke about the key issues facing black and other ethnically diverse colleagues face at work, how to develop trust with ethnically diverse colleagues, and the importance of creating a culture that promotes belonging

In August we welcomed Ray Berg, UK Managing Partner from Osborne Clarke LLP. Ray discussed social mobility focusing on his story, social mobility initiatives at Osborne Clarke, and what we can do as individuals to promote social mobility.

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