Diversity, equity and inclusion have become hot topics in business over the last decade or so, with more companies than ever recognising the importance of having an inclusive culture that enables people to thrive and reach their full potential. But in times of crisis – much like the intense economic uncertainty we face today – these topics often fall by the wayside.
We conversed with diversity, equity and inclusion expert, Joanna Aunon, to find out why it’s actually in a CEO’s best interests to act now in their pursuit of DE&I, even during tough times. Joanna is a director at WiHTL, one of the most prominent diversity, equity and inclusion advocacy organisations in the UK, with a particular focus on the hospitality, travel, leisure and retails sectors.
WiHTL conducts primary research into how organisations across the UK are progressing their diversity, equity and inclusion agenda to raise awareness of the subject. Their evidence-based and advice-driven content supports organisations to move forward and progress on a subject that many perceive to be somewhat daunting, inspiring business leaders to become more confident and enhance their workplace cultures.
Why Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are key to Survival and Success
“You can read through countless McKinsey reports”, Joanna claimed, “…that demonstrate that the more diverse a team is, the more innovative, creative, and productive it will be.” Organisations that embrace diverse cultures are in turn more agile, adaptable and profitable than their competitors, which enhances their resilience in facing adverse conditions.