Socio-economic diversity and inclusion

People are your most valuable asset

Your organisation’s success is dependent on the performance, productivity and commitment of your staff – this applies whether you are a leading manufacturing company or a professional services firm.  So, why are businesses across the country missing opportunities to recruit, promote and retain some of the most talented and driven people in our country?

This practical Toolkit has been created because you, the business community, have asked for it. The Toolkit provides a guide for businesses who want to benefit from increasing representation of people from low socio-economic backgrounds – these could be individuals starting out their professional journey or who have ambitions to be among the best.

It gives you guidance to drive improvements in society, the economy and people’s lives, as well as your own bottom line.

This work was created by the Bridge Group, in collaboration with the Social Mobility Commission and a wide range of employers.

“When I was starting on my legal journey, I was told that I wouldn’t become a lawyer because I didn’t go to the right university and I didn’t get the highest grades. Overcoming these barriers has not been easy. Employers have a role to play here. But you aren’t alone. Give this toolkit a go and let us know how we can further help your organisation with this important agenda.”

Sandra Wallace

Social Mobility Commissioner and Managing Director at DLA Piper

  • BBC
  • BCLP
  • Channel 4
  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
  • City of London Corporation
  • Clifford Chance
  • Dr Louise Ashley, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Dr Sam Friedman, London School of Economics
  • Enterprise Ernst & Young
  • HMRC
  • Institute of Student Employers
  • Jerwood Arts / Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries
  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • KPMG
  • Linklaters
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Social Mobility Foundation
  • Teach First
  • The Civil Service Fast Stream
  • The Inner Temple
  • The JLL Foundation

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