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Leading figures attend the Top 50 UK Employers Launch

GROWTH: A panel discussion at the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers Launch

ON JUNE 14th, leading figures in the diversity arena gathered at Bloomberg L.P. to take a fresh look at how inclusion is viewed.

A variety of industries from across the country opened a broader conversation surrounding the diversity agenda on Wednesday afternoon at the very first Southern Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers Launch.

A definitive list of the most inclusive employers was revealed in the Metro Newspaper last year with organisations praising their ranking for increasing diversity budgets, forging successful partnerships and motivating staff to make improvements.

Capitalising on this momentum, the #it50Launch ensured key organisations used this supreme opportunity to open conversation to influence change in the field of equality, diversity & inclusion.

The event attracted over 210 delegates from 160 organisations, with an elite pick and mix of diversity ambassadors collaborating amongst a line-up of dynamic keynote speakers from companies such as PwC, Nielsen and Direct Line Group.

Heather Melville, Director of Strategic Partnerships at RBS took centre stage to host what unfolded to be a thought-provoking and powerful day.

“Today’s event has got me thinking about how many people are removing barriers when it comes to diversity, and more importantly inclusion” Said Paul Sesay, CEO and Founder of The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers.

“The atmosphere in here is electric, you can feel the passion coming from everyone in the room; it is this passion that will help make a change”.

Pamela Hutchinson

Cited as one of the most thought leaders and vocal advocates for diversity across the private sector, Pamela Hutchinson, Head of Diversity & Inclusion EMEA at Bloomberg LP, shared her experiences of gender and race inequality adding, “If you get inclusion right, diversity will follow. But if you get diversity right, inclusion doesn’t always follow”.

Earlier this week forward-thinking recruitment company Rullion were announced as a founding partner of the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers. Executive director Alistair Haigh gave a detailed look into diversity and inclusion within the recruitment world.

“Rullion are striving to remove unconscious bias from recruitment” said Mr Haigh. “We know that people are the greatest asset of any business and this is a great opportunity for us to learn and improve our own workplace culture”.

At the event, the main topic of conversation was affirmative action, which is widely incorporated into US corporate culture, however is largely not common practice in the UK.

Tangy Morgan, who took part in a panel session at the event, ended it with a clear message to “promote diversity in everyone, no matter who you are”.

A compelling point which highlighted why it is imperative that companies join together to focus on all protected characteristics and lead the way for the diversity agenda.

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