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In a changing world with increasingly complex scenarios businesses are challenged to adapt. A diverse workforce and open-minded managements are assets that will help to find innovative and creative solutions. These articles chart the progress and take a look at initiatives that put diversity at the centre of operations.

7 companies that have made a strong start to driving D&I in 2021

As we all know, the events of 2020 proved to be a catalyst for increased conversation around diversity, inclusion and equity; new commitments being made by companies around the world; and promises to take real action in the year ahead. We hope that 2021 will therefore be a year full of positive change, as organisations…

5 minutes with: Jane Hatton, Founder & CEO at Evenbreak

We spoke to Jane Hatton, who founded not-for-profit specialist job board Evenbreak, to find out how the organisation has evolved over the last decade, the challenges that still exist for people with disabilities to enter the workplace, and the support available for inclusive employers and candidates with disabilities. Can you tell us a little about…

5 minutes with: Monsurat Hanson at Black Pharma

We caught up with Monsurat Hanson, Clinical Research Associate, to find out more about the challenges that exist for Black professionals in the pharmaceutical industry today, and why she and colleagues identified a need to set up the Black Pharma organisation. How did you get into the pharma industry? I’m currently a Clinical Research Associate…

Highlighting companies’ commitment to inclusion

This week is National Inclusion Week – a great opportunity to reflect on where we are now, where we need to be, and how we are going to get there. We also believe it is important to recognise the many companies – from start-ups to global corporates – who are taking steps in the right…

Refinitiv has announced 2020’s most diverse and inclusive organisations

Refinitiv has published its 2020 Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Index, which identifies the 100 publicly traded companies with the most diverse and inclusive workplaces, based on Refinitiv’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) data. In this year’s top 100, the US leads the way, with 20 organisations included in the list. This is followed by the UK…

5 key takeaways from Diverse Construction LIVE

On 8th July 2020, Diversity Network hosted Diverse Construction LIVE – an online conference featuring illuminating presentations and panel discussions from some of the industry’s leading voices on equality, diversity and inclusion. Many elements of D&I were discussed during the event, and if you missed it then you can access the sessions on-demand by entering…

Celebrating women in engineering

International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) shines the spotlight on female engineers across the world, as well as acting as an important reminder that much more needs to be done in terms of recruitment and retention of women in the sector. There has been some fantastic content shared to mark the day, from companies sharing…

BBC commits to increasing diversity on TV with £100m investment

The BBC announced today that it plans to invest £100m of its TV budget into producing ‘diverse and inclusive content’ across all genres over a three-year period. This will apply from April 2021, with the BBC setting itself a target of 20 percent of off-screen talent coming from underrepresented groups. Programmes will need to meet…

What can we learn from companies leading in D&I?

Over the last few years, many companies have ramped up their commitment to D&I; implementing initiatives, setting targets, creating employee groups and hiring dedicated D&I personnel.  While a lot of progress has been made – there are frequent reports from companies that they have successfully increased the diversity of their workforce – this doesn’t always…

Women and minorities in the workplace: How much should we flex to blend in?

Reflections on the pathway to equality An article by Diversity Network’s CEO on International Women’s Day. At Diversity Network, the women among us are lucky enough to be able to give thanks for our education, freedom and liberty which has got us this far in our careers. Juggling families and trying to get the work-life…

Marking International Diversity Day 2020

Today (21 May) is International Diversity Day. We see this as an opportunity to acknowledge the various types of diversity; the organisations that have been making great strides in D&I; and the extensive progress that still needs to be made worldwide to create true parity. At Diversity Network, we are passionate about equality, diversity and…

Revealed: the top US companies for diversity

Diversity Inc. has released this year’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity, with businesses in the pharma, professional services and hospitality industries featuring in the top five. The rankings are compiled annually, using survey data volunteered by the companies themselves. With more than 200 questions, the survey is designed to provide categorical, numerical and dichotomous responses that…

No ethnic minority representation on four in 10 UK boards

Management consultancy McKinsey & Company has found that nearly four in 10 UK organisations had no ethnic minority board representation between 2014 and 2019. Since 2014, McKinsey & Company has been tracking the performance of 1,039 companies across a number of countries, and reporting on how this correlates with gender and ethnic diversity at board level….

Mental health awareness during a pandemic

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week – an annual awareness event that is surely more pertinent than ever this year. Much has been written and discussed about the impact of the pandemic on mental health around the world, with millions working from home, unable to see friends and family, having to isolate, potentially losing…

Intel calls for collective action on D&I

It has been acknowledged for some time that diversity and inclusion (D&I) is an issue in the tech sector, despite many leading companies pledging to make progress. Now, tech giant Intel has encouraged the industry to come together to address the sector’s shortcomings in this area. In its annual Corporate Responsibility Report, Intel reflected on the…