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As part of our ‘Shaping our Future’ strategy, we’re championing equality, diversity and inclusion for the benefit of all.

We’ve partnered with EW Group and Challenge Consultancy to help us develop a robust 3-year diversity and inclusion strategy that is aligned with our overall strategic aims.

Sarah Dewar, our Chief People Officer explains:

“We partnered with diversity and inclusion experts EW and Challenge to support us on our inclusion journey and help us gain an objective view of where we already excel and what we could do to improve our working lives.

“This important piece of work will help us to create an environment where we foster the best experience possible for our people and everyone feels a sense of belonging.”

As part of this process, EW Group and Challenge have conducted a diversity audit by talking to colleagues from across our organisation, including members of our leadership teams, trustees, Colleague Forum, and members of our EDI colleague networks.

Reuben Soobrayen, Senior People Business Partner, says:

“EW Group was able to create a space where a lot of truth could be communicated, and attendees felt safe and able to be open.”

Next Steps

EW Group and Challenge’s audit and resulting report focused on practical ways to build a more inclusive culture, embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout our organisation.

Here are the four key recommendations:

  • Securing solid EDI foundations– getting the foundations right (data, policies, the role of network groups)
  • Building skills and confidence– equipping all colleagues with knowledge and skills of EDI best practice
  • Recruitment and progression– moving towards a workforce that reflects the community we serve
  • Building an inclusive culture– continue to build on the recommendations from the previous Great Place to Work survey, to re-enforce and strengthen our position as an employer of choice and build a truly inclusive culture.

We will continue to work closely with EW Group and Challenge to put the outcomes of the report into action and create an environment where everyone feels a sense of belonging.

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