Diversity – a call to arms

Diversity – a call to arms

Diversity in the workplace can benefit the bottom line, but its positive impact goes beyond this and we should all strive to encourage it, writes Suki Thompson, CEO and co-founder, Oystercatchers

Last year, Campaign’s ‘A List’ asked the question: “Who in the industry would you be if you could come back as anyone?” My friend Steve said: “That’s easy for you, Suki, you’d be a man. Just think how much more successful you’d be if you’d been born male.”

I was quite offended, but, actually, the stats suggest this might be true. In 2015’s ‘A List’, out of 418 executives 79 (19%) were women and eight (2%) were BAME.

Marketing’s 2015 ‘Power 100’ lists 31 women and just four from BAME. Yet about 8m people, 13% of the UK, come from BAME backgrounds.

And please don’t get me started on the salary divide.

Unnervingly, Stonewall suggests: “82% of LGBT people go back into the closet following higher/further education when they enter the workplace.”

Click here for read the full article by Suki Thompson, Marketing Magazine

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