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The “Why” of Diversity and Inclusion

The “Why” of Diversity and Inclusion

Simon Sinek famously inspired many businesses and individuals to understand their purpose – to start with “Why”. His best seller is based on the fact that all of us, be it in a business or as individuals, have a purpose and you need to understand your own, before you focus on the what you do and how you do it.

At GenAnalytics we have a very clear understanding of our “Why” –  we want to work with organisations and companies across Scotland to create more inclusive and diverse workplaces. We believe this “Why” will enable more people to realise their full potential, have equal access to opportunities and at the same time help deliver stronger economic performance for the organisation and support inclusive growth for the economy. It’s a hugely ambitious “Why”, but our “Why” doesn’t stop with our own business objectives.

We believe the “Why” of diversity and inclusion is hugely important for everyone, as is the “What” we’re doing and “How” we’re dealing with the issues and opportunities diversity and inclusion creates in our workplaces and businesses across Scotland.

To focus on this big national question, on the 23 May Scotland will host its first ever National Diversity Conference, delivered by GenAnalytics and Herald Scotland Events. We are delighted to be supported by our partners: Standard Life plc, MacRoberts, Skills Development Scotland, City of Glasgow College, YSC, Wheatley Group, Royal Mail, Taylor Wimpey, ScottishPower, and Scottish Canals.

Here are some of the “Why’s” we will be focusing on:

Why do women earn £183 per week less than a man?

Why is the unemployment rate higher for workers from ethnic minority groups than for white workers?

Why are disabled people twice as likely to be unemployed than non-disabled people?

Why are only 17% of jobs in ICT in Scotland held by women?

Why aren’t more companies doing more to support diversity and inclusion in our workplaces?

Why aren’t we better at sharing best practice and what-works knowledge?

To learn and share in the Why”, “Where”, “What” and Who” of Diversity and Inclusion in Scotland, then join our conference conversation and let’s collectively start with “Why”?

http://newsquestscotlandevents.com/events/the-diversity-conference/

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Diversity Delivers Results – be a part of the success

Diversity Delivers Results. There is overwhelming evidence that companies who embrace diversity are more profitable than those who do not.

Diverse organisations can attract and retain top talent.

Diversity not only delivers results for businesses – it makes economic sense.

McKinsey have estimated a boost of $12 trillion to the global economy if we could reduce the gender gap in workplaces across the world.

In Scotland, recent research by PwC has indicated that our economy could receive a welcome boost of up to £6.5 billion if we were able to close our gender pay gap.

Across businesses, organisations, the public sector, and the third sector we know there are outstanding examples of workplaces who embrace diversity and recognise talent – despite backgrounds, gender, race or disability.

However, we know that we need to do more to mainstream diversity into a must-do rather than a nice-to-do.

Across our economy women are more likely to be in low paid, low skilled and part time work compared to men. Men are currently more likely than women to work in senior positions and men dominate the higher paid sectors such as engineering, finance and banking.

Only about half of people of working age with a disability are in employment compared to 80% of able bodied people. The employment rate for people with learning disabilities is 26%.

Employment is significantly higher for white ethnic groups in Scotland than those from ethnic minorities.

One in five lesbian, gay and bisexual employees have experienced discrimination in their workplace because of their sexual orientation within the last five years.

We have made progress to improve diversity in Scotland’s economy but the statistics above show that we have a long way to go.

That’s why we are organising Scotland’s first Diversity Conference with The Herald. We will highlight best practice, hear from expert speakers, and share knowledge from all sectors of the economy on how we can work together to achieve the changes we know that we need to ensure everyone in our economy can achieve their potential.

We want you to join us and share your views and contribute to the events success. For further information and to book your place please visit – http://newsquestscotlandevents.com/events/the-diversity-conference/

Diversity delivers results. Join us to play your part in delivering diversity and success for our economy.

Jane Gotts

Director

GenAnalytics