Business case for Fairness, Inclusion & Respect with Lower Thames Crossing - workshop


A 3 hour workshop to learn about the business case for FIR. This training session will be delivered virtually. See the ‘what is the course about?’ for more information.


Date & time

Thursday, 14 July 2022, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The Lower Thames Crossing is part of the biggest investment in the country’s road network for a generation and an essential component in the UK’s future transport infrastructure. It will boost local, regional and national economies while offering new connections, better journeys and fewer delays. Companies can find out more about this major project at

This session forms part of a series of free training events being delivered by National Highways and the Supply Chain Sustainability School from April 2022 to March 2023. The aim is to provide existing, prospective and future suppliers with enhanced knowledge, skills and competencies on a range of sustainability issues. The training is funded by National Highways to build supply chain capacity and capability, particularly across the immediate and surrounding areas of the project’s route (north and south of the Thames estuary). 

What is the course about?

This course will provide a broader understanding of the principles behind Fairness, Inclusion and Respect (FIR). The built environment has a pipeline of works worth £600bn, and there are further significant works planned, along with having to adapt our workplaces post COVID 19. To ensure we have the skills knowledge and experience required to deliver the necessary work, the industry must ensure it is recruiting and retaining the best people, at all levels of the supply chains.

We need to make our industry a more inclusive place to work; a place where people are happy, feel valued and can thrive in a supportive working environment. One way we can do this is by developing a culture of Fairness, Inclusion and Respect (FIR) in our offices and on our sites. In return we will see an increase in workforce engagement, a boost in productivity, greater innovation and higher financial returns.

This is a live online course. We will contact you with joining instructions at least 24 hours before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Join us to understand what FIR means, why it matters and how you can achieve it to enable a better workplace for all. You will also learn about the FIR Toolkit. These are free-to-access resources, part funded by CITB and distributed through the Supply Chain Sustainability School. It was created by partners including CECA, Network Rail, Highways England, Skanska, VINCI Construction, BAM Construct UK, Balfour Beatty and GRAHAM Construction.

What will I achieve?

By the end of this session, you should be able to:

  • Define what Fairness, Inclusion and Respect means
  • Learn why it matters and the business case of FIR
  • Understand how to progress FIR within your organisation
What level is the course?

This is a BEGINNER LEVEL course and everyone is welcome.

When I've finished, what related training session should I do next?

You can progress to become a FIR Ambassador by attending the next training course. Find the relevant course here.

If you have any questions please contact Lyndsey.


Fairness Inclusion and Respect
180 mins

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