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.