Why diversity and inclusion is critical to business recovery

Recent events in the US have helped propel the diversity and inclusion further up the business agenda, despite the threat hanging over companies from the coronavirus pandemic. The emphasis on equality and fairness many companies are now overtly espousing is not only an issue of morality – it is necessary for the attraction and retention of talented employees and to … Read More

Tesco becomes first UK supermarket to launch diverse range of skin tone plasters

A range of fabric plasters consisting of ‘light’, ‘medium’ and ‘dark’ tones has been released by Tesco in a bid to ‘better serve our customers from all backgrounds and communities’ Tesco has become the first UK supermarket to launch a range of fabric plasters in three skin tones to ‘better represent the nation’. The store developed the plasters after a … Read More

Helping employers increase socio-economic diversity and inclusion

Employers can attract and develop employees from all socio-economic backgrounds by using the new employers’ toolkit. The Social Mobility Commission launches a new guide to help employers attract and retain talented people from all social backgrounds today (6 Feb 2020). The Socio-economic diversity and inclusion employers’ toolkit, created by the Bridge Group, gives practical and cost-effective recommendations to help ensure … Read More

UK falls six places in gender equality rankings

Country has fallen from 15th most equal nation in last audit in 2018 to 21st this time.  The UK has fallen six places down the global rankings for gender equality. Despite successive prime ministers pledging to take decisive action to tackle the gender imbalances in politics and wider British society, the UK has dropped from the 15th most equal nation … Read More

Bath-based mental health trust named in UK’s Top 50 inclusive employers

For the third year in a row, the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust has been named as one of the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers. The Trust, which provides inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire, has been ranked at … Read More

Nearly half of young job applicants with disfigurement felt rejected because of appearance, study reveals

Almost half of young job applicants with a disfigurement say they were rejected because of how they looked, The Telegraph can reveal, as a leading charity demands tougher equality laws. Changing Faces, which supports people who have a mark, scar or condition which alters their appearance, has found that more than a third of people (36 per cent) with a visible difference say … Read More

Driving diversity with long term culture change

Dawn Moore, director of Human Resources at Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure From the outside, construction may often not seem a particularly attractive or inclusive sector to historically under represented groups. Many people’s understanding of the industry has been based on very traditional perceptions about the culture, environment and ways of working that don’t always dig deeper into the fantastic … Read More

Four reasons why inclusion can benefit your business

There are many reasons why inclusion can benefit your business, not only to maintain talent as an employer but also to gain a better understanding of your customers. The benefits are therefore both ‘in-house’ and in your external business environment. Reasons why inclusion can benefit your business:     1.Gaining a better understanding of your customers The more diverse your workforce is, … Read More