We are committed to building an organisation where Inclusion is a core leadership value, and where:
- Talented people of all backgrounds are welcome and differences are embraced
- Everyone has a fair and equal opportunity to develop and progress
- Our working environment supports people in being themselves and performing at their best
Inclusion is leveraging the diversity in our workforce to achieve full participation and optimum performance; it empowers differences rather than suppressing them. A culture that makes employees feel they belong - they feel safe, trusted and respected.
Diversity is "…all the ways in which we are similar and all the ways in which we differ." When we speak about diversity, we mean people of different backgrounds and people with different characteristics, including; age, disability, ethnicity or race, gender, religion and sexual orientation.
Inclusion first allows us to attract diverse talent and allows diverse voices to be heard. In practical terms, it is about creating an environment where everyone in the organisation can be at their best.
It involves all of us working together to make a difference by creating an environment that values the different contributions a diverse workforce can bring.
An inclusive culture helps employees fulfil their personal objectives and maximise their potential irrespective of gender, race, creed, sexual orientation or disability.
"Our ambition is to be an organisation with a truly inclusive culture. We know that this is a pre-requisite to allowing real diversity to flourish. We also know that when our employees feel included, and a sense of belonging, they will contribute to the best of their ability. While we have made significant initial strides, we know it takes ongoing commitment to build a fully inclusive and diverse organisation."
- Catherine Dolmans, Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer