The Diversity Agenda

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The Diversity Agenda: our commitment to achieving a better gender balance in fields of Engineering and Architecture


Sullivan Hall are pleased to get behind the Diversity Agenda – an industry-wide initiative with a simple goal: 20 percent more women engineers and architects by 2021.

As a Founding Member, we are committing to critiquing our own practices and openly addressing the real issues that hold people back, such as retention and promotion of women, equal pay and a modern work culture that benefits everyone. Our objective is to adopt more inclusive practices within our company. We are also committing to actively promoting this initiative within our industry.

The Diversity Agenda started as a collaboration between Engineering New Zealand, the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) and the Association of Consulting Engineers (ACENZ). 40 Founding Members and Change Makers from across the industry have come together to address the issue of gender imbalance with a united front.

Sullivan Hall team member, Bruna Pedro, Structural Engineering, "Deciding to work at Sullivan Hall was a challenging decision as I would be the first and only female engineer. It has been a pleasure to work here and I’m hopeful that other female candidates will come forward and help make a change in a male dominated industry. For me, having flexible hours is the major perk but having a very friendly working environment also goes a long way to improve satisfaction and I certainly recommend joining SHL."

Sandy Hall, Managing Director, "As a practice we strive for excellence. Excellence comes from having great people, both men and women in the practice. We are acutely aware that our practice is male dominated. We are keen to focus on why this is and, more importantly, how we can bring more gender balance to our practice. Gender, cultural and ethnic diversity improves our understanding of our society. This thinking then permeates into the practice making us all better-balanced individuals and professionals."

View Engineering New Zealand’s media release.

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