March 29, 2019 – Diversity and inclusion in the workplace is becoming increasingly important for both employers and employees. Research has shown that diverse businesses are 35 percent more likely to financially outperform their industry’s national average. For potential job hunters, 67 percent now consider a diverse workforce to be an important factor when considering job offers.
Recently, London-based executive search firm Wilton & Bain joined leading companies from a range of sectors and industries in signing the Inclusive Culture Pledge, an initiative managed by the EW Group, a diversity consultancy.
Throughout 2019, the search firm will receive specialist support in the following areas: gender pay gap, inclusive leadership, inclusive recruitment, cultural intelligence, measuring success and accessible communications.
“Joining the Cultural Pledge is a public commitment that we take diversity and inclusion seriously and that we understand the need to provide our employees with a safe, fair and supportive place to work,” said Clare Elliott, group head of marketing and business operations at Wilton & Bain, who is leading the initiatives. “We’re looking forward to the events provided as part of the pledge, which will build our internal capacity and ensure we work at the cutting edge of diversity and inclusion. This is an initiative that we believe will benefit our staff, customers and stakeholders.”
The Inclusive Culture Pledge is a public commitment to building a more inclusive workplace culture over the next 12 months. Upon sign-up, all pledgers will receive a welcome pack, as well as an invitation to the exclusive launch event at the Shard in London. During the year, participants will be invited to attend six special roundtable events. These sessions will bring together leaders, managers and diversity specialists from a range of industries for a collaborative 90-minute conversation to share good practice and challenges.
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Each session will focus on a specific topic to which all participants will be invited to contribute. The roundtable format will create an opportunity for peer-to-peer learning and will also provide practical ideas to implement in one’s own organization. All roundtables will be hosted by an EW Group facilitator. Inclusive Culture Pledge roundtables are exclusive to pledging organizations and can be attended either in person or through a live webcast.
Committed to Inclusion
“Wilton & Bain’s values underpin a working environment that is inclusive for all those who work for us across the globe,” said Ms. Elliott. “We encourage people to bring their whole selves to work, contribute ideas, take initiative and be responsible for their impact on others internally and externally. We also take this responsibility seriously in the work that we undertake for our clients across all of our businesses.”
“Wilton & Bain have pledged that in 2019 we will build an inclusive culture by creating a more inclusively aware leadership team,” Ms. Elliott said. “We will be rolling out initiatives to ensure inclusivity awareness is top priority for the entire company.”
Founded in 2001 by Jeremy Mobbs and Ben Latreuille, Wilton & Bain provides executive search, interim management/consulting and technology resourcing services to the technology, professional services and converging digital markets. With offices in London, San Francisco, New York and Frankfurt, the firm has an expertise in technology to focus on digital transformation for clients across TMT, retail, consumer, financial services, insurance and utilities.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media