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Picture from the Inclusive Procurement Awards 2018.
HS2 employees picking up the Inclusive Procurement Award 2018.

Our awards

Whilst we strive to achieve excellence and not awards, it’s great when our work is recognised and appreciated by others. We constantly push ourselves to be a more inclusive, diverse employer and so we are proud that we’ve recently picked up a number of awards in this area and beyond.

Images of the awards and partnership logos HS2 has received
We are proud that our work has been recognised by a number of organisations.

CEEQUAL Exceptional Achievement Awards 2019

CEEQUAL (Civil Engineering Environmental Quality) is an evidence-based sustainability assessment, rating and awards scheme for infrastructure projects. The Exceptional Achievement Awards (EAA) recognise exemplary outcomes of sustainability in civil engineering. HS2 has received the CEEQUAL EAA Director’s Corporate Award for our contributions to the development of the BREEAM Infrastructure Scheme (Pilot) and its ongoing input to CEEQUAL Version 6, which is the successor to the BREEAM Infrastructure Scheme (Pilot).

Members of the HS2 team collecting their award.
Members of the HS2 team collecting their CEEQUAL award.

MSDUK Inclusive Procurement Award 2018

This award is to recognise a British public or private sector purchasing organisation outside of the Minority Supplier Development UK (MSDUK) network for their effort on an inclusive supply chain and engagement with ethnic minority and small businesses. MSDUK is the UK’s leading non-profit membership organisation driving inclusive procurement and supplier diversity.

ICE Team of the Year 2018

The HS2 M25 slip roads team won the Team of the Year Award at the ICE (Institute of Civil Engineers) 2018 Awards. The Team of the Year Award recognises the most dynamic, diverse and collaborative team in the industry.

Women in Rail Awards 2018 Top Employer

The award recognises our work as an employer who has taken pro-active steps towards female talent retention within their organisation and in the railway industry.

Amy Morley and Jim Crawford are collecting the award on behalf of HS2 from TV presenter and mathematician Rachel Riley.
Amy Morley and Jim Crawford collecting the award on behalf of HS2 from TV presenter and mathematician Rachel Riley.


HS2 is a member of the Women in Science and Engineering campaign. WISE assists its members via sharing best practice, tools and guidance and inspiring the next generation of talent. HS2 is a WISE 10 steps signatory and participates in a number of WISE initiatives.

Armed Forces Employers Recognition Scheme

In August 2019 HS2 was awarded the Armed Forces Employers Recognition Scheme – Gold Award in recognition of its commitment to supporting the Armed Forces Covenant. This was in recognition of having a distinct Reservist policy to allow service personnel to meet their training commitments, supporting serving personnel and their families transitioning out of the forces and advocating for the Covenant. We have pledged to honour the Forces Covenant and support the Armed Forces community. We recognise the value that Serving Personnel, both regular and reservists, veterans and military families contribute to our business and country. If you would like to find out more about our pledge you can contact the HS2 veterans network by email.

In 2017/18, 28% of our graduates were BAME and 43% of our apprentices were women

Our recruitment model helps deliver a diverse cohort or employees.

Employers Network on Equality & Inclusion (enei)

Our membership of enei provides us with opportunities to collaborate across sectors on the best practice and benefit from solutions developed across the UK to issues such as Unconscious Bias and Inclusive Leadership.

Disability Confident Leader

HS2 has gained recognition as a Level 3 Disability Confident Leader from the Department for Work & Pensions scheme. The Disability Confident scheme aims to help employers make the most of the opportunities provided by employing disabled people. It is voluntary and has been developed by employers and disabled people’s representatives.