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enei Awards 2016 reveal Shocking Diversity Statistics and Inspiring Progress

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11th July 2016

enei_logo-e1453056380793We at Audeliss were delighted to attend the Employers Networks for Equality & Inclusion (enei) Awards last week. Hosted by The Law Society, the awards aim to celebrate the achievements of organisations that proactively challenge discrimination and demonstrate inclusivity across their workforce.

The enei event revealed interesting new insights into diversity and inclusion, and presented a wealth of shocking findings, which included:

  • The talent is out there, but it’s not being discovered. Career opportunities are not being promoted to some communities, resulting in a low level of awareness across minority groups: diverse communities are either not realising the potential in themselves or do not have the visibility of potential opportunities open to them, but both of these factors should act as catalysts for change;
  • Despite the UK Government Minister for Women and Equalities releasing statistics earlier this month showing an increase in gender diversity in the Boardroom, progress for getting more women onto UK Boards has actually stalled. David Isaac, Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, who spoke at the enei Awards, announced that the organisation aim to set a new target for FTSE350 companies to achieve an employee base comprised of at least 50% women;
  • Maternity discrimination is still rife across the board, with 1 in 9 pregnant women forced out of their job due to pregnancy.

The enei winners and shortlisted organisations have delivered incredibly inspiring achievements, some of which included: proactively recruiting multiple ex-offenders, instilling flexible and agile working across global organisations, work placements for individuals with mental health challenges, outreach programmes for disadvantaged young people, setting and exceeding gender diversity and BAME targets, and topping the Stonewall Equality list for LGBT+ inclusive initiatives.

The wide range of winners stretched across the public, private and third sectors and across a variety of industries, and included EY, Bank of England, Sodexo, Pinsent Masons, the Civil Service, Surrey County Council and Royal Mail. Congratulations to all those awarded the coveted highly commended and winning positions.

You can find out more about enei and the awards here.

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