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Diversity pledge workshops launch

24 October 2018

A serious of workshops part of the Asian Business Chamber of Commerce’s diversity pilot project has been launched.

The first workshop was hosted by Baljit Kaur, a diversity and inclusion specialist who heads up training and consultancy services firm Innate Consultancy.

 The workshop focused on how diversity and inclusion may affect an organisation’s branding, diversity and inclusion infrastructure and how the diversity and inclusion agenda has changed over time.

Ms Kaur informed delegates that companies in the top quartile for gender diversity were 21 per cent more likely to experience above-average profitability than their peers, and 35 per cent more likely to do the same for ethnic diversity.

Ms Kaur (pictured) said: “A diverse organisation builds trust and confidence in its people and its customers and an inclusive organisation enables its people to be themselves and feel valued, empowered and safe, this results in greater engagement and creativity in the workplace. So, diversity and inclusion must be a top priority for businesses going forward; excellent equality practice makes good business sense.”

The workshops are part of the ABCC’s Diversity in Leadership pledge.

Organisations that sign the pledge agree to proactively participate with the ABCC Diversity in Leadership pilot, in order to address underrepresentation of women, LGBT, disabled, black, Asian and minority ethic (BAME) communities in leadership roles.

Firms that have already signed the pledge include Sport Birmingham and Fircroft College.

To find out more about the pledge or to get involved, please contact Anjum Khan on a.khan@birmingham-chamber.com

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