PROGRESSIVE NEW D&I PROGRAMME CALLS FOR FOCUS ON INDIVIDUAL TALENT, NOT DIVERSITY ‘LABEL’

A progressive new inclusivity programme that broadens the scope of D&I initiatives to include thinking style and personality type as well as gender, ethnicity and sexuality, is being launched today with 14 leading organisations.

Mission INCLUDE, founded by diversity and development experts Moving Ahead, and global management consulting firm Oliver Wyman, brings CEOs and senior executives together to take action to create truly inclusive behaviours and cultures by focusing on the individual talent, not the ‘label’ they sit under.

Founder company Oliver Wyman, as well as AIG, BNY Mellon, Guy Carpenter, LSEG, Mizuho International, Reed Smith, State Street, RBS, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, British Army, M&G, Coca Cola  and Santander are collaborating cross-organisation and cross-industry for maximum impact. The campaign is being led by Rupal Kantaria, Strategic Inclusion Adviser at Oliver Wyman, in collaboration with diversity and development specialists Moving Ahead.

Inclusion and diversity are firmly on the agenda around external diversity characteristics such as gender, ethnicity and sexuality, but they are not delivering the promised business benefits because by working in siloes this prevents real inclusion and innovation and leads to a talent shortage in major organisations.

Mission INCLUDE embraces and encourages diverse thinking:-

·       For individuals from non-dominant groups through 1:1 cross-company mentoring

·       For non-dominant groups using storytelling techniques in cross-company reverse mentoring circles, to openly explore and learn about inclusion and diversity challenges

·       For organisations represented by network leads, L&D leads and Executive sponsors in cross-company organisational learning circles, to explore and consider best practice and how to accelerate change at an organisational level

Rupal Kantaria, Strategic Inclusion Adviser, Oliver Wyman, is leading the initiative. She said: “In today’s increasingly competitive world for talent, we cannot and should not afford to ignore the business benefits that come with allowing and encouraging all behaviours to shine – whether introvert and extrovert, creative and analytical, team player or individual.

“Being forced to identify along a single dimension of diversity is counter-productive. Mission INCLUDE focuses on the individual – rather than a single dimension of their diversity – which is why it is much more powerful for those at the intersection.”

Liz Dimmock, CEO and Founder of Moving Ahead said: “Without a truly inclusive culture and leadership, diversity cannot thrive. Taking traditional gender-based mentoring and making it work across the spectrum of diversity is the next step towards creating truly inclusive cultures.

“Our recent research study proves that good quality mentoring shines a light on privilege, increases retention and creates empathetic leaders and developing two-way learning for the mentor as well as the mentee. This is an exciting new approach which will lead to increased innovation and ultimately better business performance.”

To join Mission Include, contact Clarice Chung, Client Parter, Moving Ahead on clarice@moving-ahead.org

 

 

Notes to Editors

Moving Ahead is a purpose-led, specialist development and diversity organisation. We believe in the power of mentoring programmes, masterclasses, and research to create positive change. The ‘why’ is simple - diversity of thought, experience, and teams leads to increased creativity, innovation, retention and better business performance. Moving Ahead works not just around the world but also across the spectrum of diversity, for more than 150 organisations including BT, Cisco, Google, Warner Music, Deloitte and Ricoh. We have supported more than 4,500 mentors and mentees.

Women Ahead is Moving Ahead’s award-winning social enterprise arm with a focus on gender. It is where our story started – as a mentoring organisation founded with the belief that parity between men and women will benefit individuals, organisations and society as a whole. Our goals have evolved hugely since start-up in 2014. Women Ahead designs and delivers the 30% Club cross-company mentoring scheme – the largest in the UK with a record-breaking 1,550 mentors and mentees from 86 companies this year. Click here for a short video about the 30% cross-company mentoring programme. To see a gallery of people describing their experience of our mentoring programmes, search #inspiredbymentoring on twitter.

Contact Timma Marett on timma@moving-ahead.org or +44 7901 682219 for more information or interviews.

Oliver Wyman is Oliver Wyman is a global leader in management consulting. With offices in 50+ cities across nearly 30 countries, Oliver Wyman combines deep industry knowledge with specialized expertise in strategy, operations, risk management, and organization transformation. The firm has more than 4,700 professionals around the world who help clients optimize their business, improve their operations and risk profile, and accelerate their organizational performance to seize the most attractive opportunities. Oliver Wyman is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies [NYSE: MMC]. For more information, visit www.oliverwyman.com. Follow Oliver Wyman on Twitter @OliverWyman.