Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Action: Insights from Novo-K’s Webinar

In the dynamic landscape of the modern workplace, the principles of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)  form the essential foundations for cultivating workplaces that are both equitable and progressive. The recent EDI in Action Webinar, that we hosted at Novo-K, brought together a dedicated community of professionals committed to turning words into tangible actions. We discussed the importance for substantial transformations within organisations, emphasising the urgency to create an inclusive workplace that goes beyond lip service, fostering a culture where diversity thrives, and everyone feels valued and empowered.

Our webinar featured insights from thought leaders shaping the landscape of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. We were privileged to have Madeleine Joubert, CPO at BDO, Harinder Bansal, Head of Procurement at Motability Operations and Laura Daniel, Head of Procurement at GWR, share their experiences. Their insights and personal experiences highlighted actionable steps for creating a more inclusive workplace, making the journey towards diversity more accessible and impactful for all.

Promoting Openness and Fairness

At the heart of their discussions was a simple yet powerful idea: honesty breeds trust. They stressed the importance of being upfront in job adverts, especially about pay. This transparency, they argued, sets a positive tone and helps tackle inequalities head-on. Additionally, they highlighted the importance of paying people fairly for the value of their work and providing thorough training to foster inclusivity. They celebrated the impact of having diverse leaders, not just for reflecting society but also for bringing fresh perspectives to the table.

Tackling Bias and Building Awareness

Another big topic was biases in the recruitment process. Instead of merely discussing biases, they called for action to confront and overcome them. Advocating for training programmes to help hiring managers recognise and address biases, they also championed the need for fair policies and frameworks to ensure everyone has an equal chance, regardless of their background. They emphasised the value of embracing individuals with disabilities and different perspectives, seeing it as an opportunity for innovation and success.

Leading with Accountability and Action

Accountability and proactive measures were also key themes. They stressed the importance of crafting job descriptions that are inclusive for all and actively seek out diverse candidates. Recognising the need to address the challenges faced by underrepresented groups, they called for educational outreach efforts to nurture diversity and break down barriers.

Navigating Parenthood, Procurement, and Education

Their discussions also touched on the challenges of balancing parenthood with career progression and the importance of spreading awareness in industries less familiar with EDI principles. They spoke about the need for support structures for working parents and the importance of teaching equality and inclusion from an early age.

Towards a More Inclusive Future

In summary, their insights highlighted a shared commitment to creating inclusive workplaces. By prioritising transparency, confronting biases, and taking proactive steps, organisations can pave the way for a future where diversity is celebrated and normalised as part of the everyday culture.

As we embrace these lessons and take action, we move closer to a world where everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed.