- June 12, 2019
- Posted by: Jenna Jack
- Category: People Plus
PeoplePlus, has pledged its support to help tackle a lack of diversity in boardrooms across the region by signing up to the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Inclusive Leadership Pledge.
The Pledge was set up following the hard-hitting Leaders Like You report, published last summer by the independent West Midlands Leadership Commission, which warned that the lack of diversity at leadership level risked damaging the region’s economy and wider society.
The report focused on the experiences of black and ethnic minority communities, women, the LGBT community, disabled people and lower social economic groups such as white, working class boys. It set out a number of recommendations, including a call for existing leaders to ensure diversity in their workplaces, identify talent and then mentor and coach that talent to produce future leaders.
Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, who also chairs the WMCA, officially launched the Inclusive Leadership Pledge on 9 January 2019. PeoplePlus joins other prominent West Midlands businesses and organisations to sign up to the Pledge, including the Wesleyan in Birmingham, the University of Birmingham, and Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.
The WMCA is now aiming to get 1,000 businesses and organisations to sign up to the Pledge.
Simon Rouse, MD at PeoplePlus Group said:
“This is a fantastic initiative and we are pleased to sign up today. At PeoplePlus, we are fully committed to a culture of fairness and equality right across our organisation and we know that a diverse leadership team and workforce creates the conditions for more balanced decision making and stronger company performance.”
Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street said: “I am delighted that PeoplePlus has signed up to the Inclusive Leadership Pledge. Diversity is one of the key strengths of the West Midlands – but many boardrooms are missing out on fresh talent and alternative ways of looking at an increasingly globalised world.”
“The Inclusive Leadership Pledge is a commitment from our biggest employers and organisations that they will improve diversity in their leadership.”
The Inclusive Leadership Pledge states: “We pledge to embed inclusivity in our organisation’s ethos and culture, so that every employee has a fair opportunity in recruitment, promotion and progression. We pledge that under-represented groups will be actively supported so that we can collectively make a difference to the leadership of the West Midlands.”
Businesses and organisations can get more information and sign the Inclusive Leadership Pledge online at: www.wmca.org.uk/inclusive-leadership-pledge