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. So why are businesses missing opportunities to recruit, promote and retain some of the most talented, driven people in our country?

The most successful businesses recognise that to thrive they need to adopt a progressive employment strategy: one that mines for hidden talent; promotes creative problem-solving and strives to represent its consumer base and community.

Our employers’ toolkit is packed with ideas on the data you can use to measure progress, guidance on how to build a strong outreach programme, create a more inclusive culture or advocate for change within your sector. You can explore the key themes of dataoutreachhiringprogression and culture & leadership – enabling you to become a real change-maker.

This work has been 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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Social mobility masterclass for employers #3: Culture and leadership

Culture and Leadership – with Grant Thornton The third session in our employers’ masterclass series, Culture and Leadership, took place on 16 September. Inclusive teams make better business decisions 87% of the time – and twice as fast, delivering 60% better results; it makes sense for employers to nurture this talent. A diverse workforce is […]

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We understand that attracting and including a wide & diverse talent pool is a must for any forward-thinking business. So we are pleased to announce that we have created the #EmployersToolkit, alongside the Bridge Group. The toolkit provides both practical and proven tools that are simple and relatively cheap to implement.

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