Why diversity matters when coming out of a recession … Embracing Diversity – a white paper from Sodexo
Equality and diversity – a strategic decision in maximising the value of your recovery from recession.
Equality legislation has existed for over 25 years – supporting the rights of individuals from all backgrounds to fair and just employment opportunities. Over the last 10 years we have seen an increase in this legislation, and the formation of the Equality and Human Rights commission. In Spring 2010 the introduction of the Equality Bill brings all of this legislation together under one law. The Equality Bill puts more responsibility on employers, and a legal framework to prosecute those that do not comply.
Treating people with dignity and respect and offering equality of opportunity is good practice for any organisation and should be mainstreamed into all organisations. The timing of the Bill means that, along with flexible and voluntary benefits packages for employees, Diversity is a core subject whilst considering recession recovery strategy.
Diversity is wholly in keeping with the values of our Group – service spirit, team spirit and spirit of progress. I am fully convinced that the diversity of our staff’s ideas, origins, cultures and know-how is a source of innovation and progress, as well as a spur to growth for our Group.” – Michel Landel – Group CEO Sodexo
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This paper was written by Gamiel Yaffai. Gamiel has spent the last 10 years working to promote the business case for Equality and Diversity. Gamiel specialises in supporting organisations move from policy to practice and has been involved in developing a number of innovations to help organisations along their journey. He has worked with over 150 organisations and is responsible for developing tools such as the Equality Suite and Diversity Online.