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Equality, diversity and inclusion  |  Leadership (purpose, values, culture)

Inspire inclusion in and from the boardroom


🌟 Happy International Women’s Day! 🌟

For 2024 the theme is ‘Inspire inclusion’. It calls for action to break down barriers, challenge stereotypes, and create environments where all women are valued and respected. The campaign materials recommend areas for action to improve inclusion that are particularly relevant to boards, such as:

✅ recruiting, retaining and developing female talent

✅ supporting women into leadership, decision-making and business

✅ providing women with access to education and training

Boards play a vital role in fostering a culture of inclusion and diversity within organisations.

Boards hold a unique position of influence and authority within companies; and with it comes great responsibility. It’s essential for boards to lead from the top by championing diversity, equality, and inclusion initiatives. By setting the tone and direction, boards can inspire meaningful change and create environments where everyone (women but not only) feels valued and respected.

But it doesn’t stop there! Boards must also ensure that their commitment to diversity and inclusion cascades down throughout the organisation. This means embedding these values into the company’s policies, practices, and decision-making processes at every level. It means fostering an environment where diverse perspectives are not just welcomed, but actively sought out and embraced.

As we strive for progress, let’s remember that diversity is not a box to tick—it’s a business imperative. Companies with diverse teams and inclusive cultures are not only more innovative and adaptable, but they also outperform their peers. By prioritising diversity and inclusion, boards can drive both social impact and business success.

Additional resources

Why boards can’t lie about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

6 ways NEDs can address Culture, Diversity & Inclusion right now in their workforce and in the boardroom

Culture, diversity and inclusion for board members