Last week, we held the first Diversity and Inclusion Conference – our new summit exploring the latest thought leadership on what HR can do to promote inclusiveness and create a culture of diversity in their organisation.
Promoting and supporting diversity in the workplace is an important aspect of good people management – it’s about valuing everyone in the organisation as an individual. However, to reap the benefits of a diverse workforce it’s vital to have an inclusive environment where everyone feels able to participate and achieve their potential. While UK legislation – covering age, disability, race, religion, gender and sexual orientation among others – sets minimum standards, an effective diversity and inclusion strategy goes beyond legal compliance and seeks to add value to an organisation, contributing to employee well-being and engagement.
Chaired by Dr Maria Adamson, Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and HRM at Middlesex University, this conference featured speakers from Redington, Ministry of Justice, Harper Collins Publisher, Taylor Wessing, Qlearsite, Carnival UK (P&O Cunard), the Equality and Human Rights Commission, My Family Care, Action for Children, enei, RAF, Atos, the Cabinet Office and more and covered a wide range of topics including:
- How inclusion differs from diversity
- The business benefits of a diverse workforce
- What happens when diversity needs compete or even oppose each other?
- Current legal situations
- Tackling unconscious bias
- Inclusion in multi-national organisations
- How to create a culture of inclusiveness and promote diversity
- Reviewing the current progress of the Gender Pay Gap Reporting legislation
- And more!