Time For Action the business case for inclusive workplaces

The CBI's report highlights why inclusion and diversity are at the heart of productive businesses. The report emphasises the importance of people, effective leadership and inclusive recruitment practices through case studies, and argues why inclusion is key to creating economically and socially sustainable businesses.

How do you make recruitment inclusive?

  • Where possible, businesses should offer flexible working from job adverts onwards.
  • Businesses should consider using name-blind recruitment and extending competency based assessment to challenge unconscious bias.

Who can help?

  • More businesses should develop long-term partnerships with schools, colleges and universities to attract people from underrepresented local communities to their sector.
  • More businesses should find appropriate mentoring, sponsorship and networking opportunities for staff’s long-term development.

What can managers do to play their part?

  • Managers’ performance appraisals must give weight to their roles in developing staff as well as short-term commercial performance.
  • Businesses should commit to helping staff develop their careers and make people planning as important as financial planning in leadership discussions.

How can businesses check their progress?

  • Businesses should set tailored, voluntary targets to improve diversity and hold leaders responsible for plans to achieve them.
  • Businesses need to work collaboratively and share good practice to improve inclusion across their sector.

Making our workplaces more inclusive is a chance for business to deliver prosperity for the whole of the UK, by improving business performance and delivering opportunity for all.

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