Here at the School for Social Entrepreneurs, we are committed to improving the diversity of our organisation and building inclusive cultures every day. This is good for business, of course – but more importantly, it’s the right thing to do. We aim to be a truly 21st century workforce, where everyone’s talents are welcomed, valued and nurtured.
As part of this we are committing to the Inclusive Culture Pledge, a special initiative by diversity consultancy EW Group. In doing so, we’re joining leading organisations from the energy, property, transport, engineering and creative sectors, such as British Land, Westfield Europe, the Fire Fighters Charity and Goldsmiths University of London.
By signing up to EW Group’s pledge, we benefit from a year of supported learning. The aim is to improve our approach to five key aspects of our diversity development: leadership, people, brand, data and future. This will provide a focus for building SSE’s skills, awareness, confidence and maturity around workplace diversity over the course of 2020.
We are making a commitment to the lasting importance of diversity and inclusion to SSE’s culture.
Our commitments in 2020 as part of the pledge
In 2020 we will continue the work we’ve done to make our recruitment processes more inclusive. We will test the effectiveness of our pilot programmes, keeping what works and rolling this out to other programmes.
We will gather data from staff on our organisational culture. We will develop strategies to attract and retain a diverse workforce.
EW Group managing director Rachael Wilson says: “We are immensely proud of the work we do with the School for Social Entrepreneurs to contribute to developing their inclusive workplace. By signing up to the Inclusive Culture Pledge, SSE is making an internal and external commitment to become an even better place to work, an organisation to do business with, and a deliverer of great services.
“The Inclusive Culture Pledge will send a powerful message that diversity is now seen as business-critical, rather than simply a ‘nice to have’. In that sense SSE is absolutely operating at the forefront of their industry.”