Conservative Party conference: ‘Diversity in business: how it improves performance and trust’

Reform convened a private roundtable at the Conservative Party conference, led by Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG, Minister of State for Energy and Intellectual Property, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, on the theme ‘Diversity in business: how it improves performance and trust’.

With a new Government preparing the UK’s exit from the European Union, the performance of business and the benefits of workforce diversity are crucial issues for the economy. Fundamental to rebuilding trust is addressing head-on the perception that business is London-centric, creating wealth for the few not the many, out of touch with the needs of society and out of reach to certain groups. Businesses attracting, retaining and developing people from diverse backgrounds will be key to a successful post-EU environment and delivering prosperity and opportunity for all.

The Prime Minister has rightly put social mobility and women in leadership firmly on the public policy agenda. Evidence clearly shows that a diverse workforce benefits the bottom-line, as well as better reflecting their consumers. This event will consider the most effective policy levers for promoting equality and diversity across the industry, including how to make business and professional services an attractive career for currently underrepresented groups and the cultural barriers to harnessing their full potential.

This event was held in partnership with Deloitte and the ICAEW:

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3 October 2016
14.30 - 15.30