by Joanne Lockwood
When I volunteered to write an opinion piece for the November 2019 edition of the IEDP newsletter, I really had no idea where to start. I blog infrequently and coming up with something inspiring and thoughtful was not coming easily… that is until I read the papers and watched the evening television that week…CONTINUE READING
Your company is one that produces products for the mass markets, consumer products that you naturally expect that everyone can use and can benefit from, am I right?
You engage with your own product design teams, probably carry out market research to make sure that every aspect has been considered from all angles, after all you have been in the business for many many decades and have extensive experience in this market.Continue Reading
You do have a Vision for Diversity and Inclusion in your organisation, right? Ok well, possibly not!
There’s a plethora of value statements, visions and goals out there nowadays, some seem empty and most probably feel irrelevant, a corporate idea forced in by HR in order to appease the board or because someone heard its a good idea that everyone else is doing. There is often very little buy in, communication, or in fact any long term strategy or goals.
The business demands a “quick fix” with some eLearning or an hour long “Intro to Unconscious Bias” training session. No wonder we are not making much of an in road, there is no vision.Continue Reading
The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. It is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.CONTINUE READING
Equality is about ensuring that every individual has an equal opportunity to make the most of their lives and talents, and believing that no one should have poorer life chances because of where, what or whom they were born, what they believe, or whether they have a disability. Equality recognises that historically, certain groups of people with particular characteristics e.g. race, disability, sex and sexuality, have experienced discrimination.CONTINUE READING