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How we’re building an inclusive workplace 365 days a year


With an enhanced focus on workplace culture for National Inclusion Week 2019, we’ve been encouraging our people to get involved to recognise that inclusion is worth striving for 365 days a year.

Our guiding strategy

For us, Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) is about respecting individuality and understanding that difference is a strength. Earlier this year, we released our Pentland Brands D&I Strategy, outlining our objectives across the business – to consciously seek diversity of view, experience and background – so that when we make decisions we know we’ve received a varied input, resulting in making better choices.

A focus on inclusion

In the spirit of Inclusion Week, this week we ran a series of events across our international sites to encourage our people to join the conversation.

Highlighting that everyone has a role in promoting inclusivity, our employees were invited to attend a panel discussion with six speakers from teams across our business. Our panel was made up of individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds, ages and experiences.

Our panellists discussed a range of topics including previous experiences of exclusion, inclusivity within our brand campaigns and their efforts not to pass unconscious biases onto their own children.
Fika sessions – a Swedish custom of making time for friends and colleagues – and educational quizzes on gender inclusion helped us to raise awareness of the importance of inclusivity.

Shining a light on our targets

We also took the opportunity to share how we’re tracking against our diversity and inclusion targets.
In 2017, we set a target at least 45% women in Senior Leadership team by 2020. As of September 2019, we’re tracking at 41%. For ethnicity, we set a target of 15% and we’re currently tracking at 12.8%.

98% of our Senior Leadership team have now completed unconscious bias training and this month we released the training to all our employees.

We now have three D&I networks in the UK, as well as a volunteer working group in Asia. These groups bring people together to develop and test D&I initiatives such as parental leave and return to work support, gender pay-gap improvement and men’s mental health services.

We’re proud of the progress we’ve made and by continuously working towards our goals, we’ll create a workplace where everyone can be themselves and embrace what makes us unique.

Take a look at our new film to find out more.

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