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19/10/2017

Celebrating Our Differences

We’re working towards our ambition of creating an inclusive work environment, where all colleagues can contribute to the Group’s success.

Diversity and inclusion is important for all of us. It’s about recognising and appreciating difference in everything, not just what’s immediately visible, but what people believe, how they behave and what they value. We aim to create an environment where all our colleagues can be themselves at work and develop to their full potential.


 

To help us with this journey we are partnering with the National Centre for Diversity - an organisation that supports businesses and helps them to understand how well fairness, respect, equality, diversity and inclusion is embedded, through the way the business operates day to day.

They do this through the Investors in Diversity accreditation process, and use a survey to understand the current position. We received 1246 responses to our first survey from colleagues’ right across the YBS Group. It helps us to understand what we need to do to maintain the good progress we’ve made and identify our improvement areas so that we can achieve our diversity and inclusion ambition.

So far we have:

  • delivered ‘Celebrate Difference’ workshops, giving more than 500 colleagues a basic introduction to Diversity and Inclusion
  • recruited 66 ‘Agents of Change’ diversity champions across the Group
  • launched our #prideinoursociety social media campaign and attended Bradford Festival and Leeds Pride.

“We’ve made a great start,” says Nicola, Diversity & Inclusion Manager (YBS Group). “But there’s still a lot to do to achieve our D&I ambition.” 2018 activities will include:

  • a focus on social mobility
  • connecting with our communities and sharing employment opportunities
  • unconscious bias learning and development.

Stephen White, Chief Operating Officer at the YBS Group comments : “I’m delighted to be part of the Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy Forum where we are leading the work towards our commitment to embed Diversity & Inclusion into the heart of everything we do. The Diversity & Inclusion action plan will provide a clear road map to enable the Group to do this”.

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