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Businesses Need To Aim To Be 'Inclusive By Instinct'

Posted on June 26, 2017 at 12:40 PM

A worrying report landed recently - some 39% of workers surveyed in the U.K. admit that they have experienced a form of bias in the workplace or when applying for a job.

Findings from research done by Badenoch & Clark, which is part of The Adecco Group UK and Ireland, are more than a little disturbing. On the one hand, they found that one in five (20%) of employees have taken action to hide their age, disability, social background or sexuality in the workplace or when applying fo...

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The Irony In The UK Govt's Call For Inclusion By UK plc

Posted on March 29, 2017 at 8:20 PM

There are three options, as I see it, regarding a judgement on the timing of the UK government's call on FTSE 350 CEOs to get serious about inclusion - that very politically correct word added on to 'diversity'.'Inclusion' means race, ethnicity, people of colour, actually representing the reality of Britain on the streets in its boar...

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Oscars, Audit Firms, Accuracy And Inclusion

Posted on February 27, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Oscars, audit firms, accuracy AND inclusion: all in one place? Really. You might well wonder.

Perhaps it's just me - I tend not to think of issues in boxes -but in an inter-connected way - because that is how the world actually works. So when it rapidly emerged on Twitter that the accountancy firm PwC was responsible for the error at #Oscars2017, the first thing I thought was: "but it's an AUDIT firm - it's meant to be accurate."

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CBI Spells It Out On The Power Of Inclusion

Posted on October 18, 2016 at 5:20 PM

The UK's Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is essentially a lobbying group for business. It sees itself as "the UK's premier business organisation" whose purpose is "helping business create a more prosperous society."

So, when it suggests "Businesses should consider using name-blind recruitment and extending competency based assessment to challenge unconscious bias" you might think that's a good idea - but hey...

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Start As You Intend To Continue: And Other Thoughts On #CorpGov

Posted on May 20, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Since the financial crisis, we have become obsessed with talking about corporate culture. But have there been any changes to ensure that corporate governance - widely recognised as the 'essence of a business' - is understood throughout any organisation?

Judging by the UK's business schools - assuming they are the ...

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BAME: 'Underrepresented At Every Level In UK Education Sector'

Posted on November 19, 2015 at 12:15 PM

It's a vicious circle. The lack of representation of Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) faces at the top of Britain's powerful elites needs to be addressed on all levels, with urgency.

Education provides a very visible pipeline.

The UK's ethnic minority student population has been rising over the past decade. This population as a whole (not just students) is predicted to more than double by the year 2051 to between 20-30% of total population. But t...

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Women Shun Financial Services For A Reason

Posted on June 9, 2015 at 10:40 AM

This is one of those rare moments when I am going to generalise, shamelessly : women - ok, many women - are put off by the financial services sector: working in it, putting up with having their men work in it even with all the financial perks, and also in their capacity as customers.

Now it seems we have some inter-generational evidence to back that generalisation. One in five young women born between 1980 and 1995 wouldn't work in financial services solely because of th...

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Making A Leap In Thinking About Boardrooms

Posted on December 30, 2014 at 11:30 AM

So.  It seems there are a few changes afoot in Europe's boardrooms to better cope with a rapidly changing world.

The Hay Group's study of non-executive directors in 2014 has found boards to be much more international. The average percentage of local directors has dropped - just a little - (from 66% to 64%) but the average percentage of directors with the majority of their career in the cou...

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For Diversity Look Beyond What You See

Posted on June 8, 2014 at 3:10 AM

In the last three years - since Lord Davies of Abersoch launched his review on the underrepresenation of women in the UK's plc boardrooms - I have been to more awards ceremonies in the UK than I would have thought possible. The vast majority of them have focused on showcasing women in different sectors.

As a result I have met people I would never have come across otherwise as a journalist. Some of them have then ended up profiled in the pages of the Financial Times: not alwa...

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Let's Make The 'Invisible' More Visible For Our Boardrooms

Posted on May 10, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Since I first launched this blog in February 2011 (around the time that Lord Davies launched his review on the under-representation of women in the UK's boardrooms) I like to think it has championed the need for true diversity in the UK's boardrooms for better corporate governance and better business. 

Before the Davies Review - In late 2010 - I spoke to many women for a series of features for the FT Non-Executive Director Club website. These were aspirant non-executive...

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