Talking of the need for the City to close the gap between diversity in society and diversity within the Square Mile’s own workforce, he puts it simply and succinctly. “We need to change, not only because it is the right thing to do, but because the future prosperity of our businesses depends on it.”
So they’re welcome words not only because they encapsulate the duality of the case for Diversity – the ethical case and the commercial case – but also because they come from such a potentially influential source.
It’s all too easy for Diversity initiatives to end up as little more than empty PR gestures or box-ticking exercises. But when a leading multinational sets out a genuine Diversity strategy – one that involves not just target-setting but also a programme for cultural change – there’s good reason for everyone to feel more confident that we are making real progress.
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