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ARCADIS

Arcardis are the world’s leading company that delivers sustainable design, engineering and consultancy solutions for natural and built assets. They employ more than 29,000 people, in more than 70 countries, and are dedicated to improving quality of life for the communities that we serve. They recognise that to do so they must reflect those communities – that diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging must be at the core of who they are and believe that varied life experiences and perspectives generate invaluable insights for their work in a complex world.

 

BP

They want to be an energy company with purpose; one that is trusted by society, valued by shareholders and motivating for everyone who works there. Their purpose is reimagining energy for people and our planet, helping the world reach net zero and improve people’s lives. Increasing diversity, equity and inclusion for its workforce and customers is a core part of the company’s strategy. They believe there is a responsibility to do things differently, to do more to create equity and to do it faster and better than ever before. BP is creating a business where colleagues, customers and suppliers feel safe being their best selves every day.

BT

The BT Group is one of the world’s leading communications services companies with a clear purpose: “We Connect for Good”. It leads by example, truly embracing diversity and inclusion, launching an Ethnicity Rapid Action Plan (ERAP) to boost ethnic diversity, encouraging and empowering women in tech, supporting LGBTQI communities and more. BT has a strong Ethnic Diversity Network with an active membership and an Executive Committee sponsor. The company sparked a national conversation about online hate and abuse, focusing its inaugural Hope United Campaign on the racist hate directed at football players during the Euros in 2021.

HSBC UK

The company serves around 14.5 million customers across the UK, supported by 32,000 colleagues. As a UK bank with strong connections to markets around the world, they understand the benefits that diversity brings to its customers, business and people. Different ideas and perspectives help them to innovate, manage risk and grow the business in a sustainable way. HSBC is proud of its inclusive and diverse culture, but also knows there is more to do. It has made a series of commitments to support more Black and other ethnically diverse colleagues to succeed, including at least doubling the number of Black employees in senior leadership globally by 2025. Tangible progress takes time, but they are determined to address systemic barriers and build HSBC into a place where everyone is valued, respected and supported to fulfil their full potential.

KPMG

The company is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all colleagues thrive and reach their full potential, whatever their identity or background. The professional services firm recently outlined its bold ambitions in its new Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (IDE) strategy document, called ‘Our KPMG: A fairer future for all’. KPMG stated its aim to have 20 per cent of its leaders (partners) from ethnic minority backgrounds and 5 per cent of leaders being of Black heritage by 2030.

LLOYD'S BANKING GROUP

This company is committed to building a fully inclusive environment, reflective of the society its serve, where all colleagues can fulfil their potential. Getting this right is at the heart of its purpose to Help Britain Prosper. They are proud to have been the first FTSE 100 company to set targets to increase ethnic diversity at senior levels. Its ethnicity strategy is led from the top and supported by comprehensive plans to ensure it makes sustainable progress, including targeted career development interventions, focus on increasing visibility of role models, building cultural awareness and understanding, and advocacy across the workforce. In 2020 they launched a Race Action Plan to accelerate cultural change, recruitment and progression and, more widely, to support Black communities.

MOODY'S

At Moody’s, they believe that a workforce that represents an array of backgrounds and experiences, which helps create an environment that maximises every employee’s contribution, widens the leadership pipeline and enhances the work, including the quality of opinions, products and services. With more 13,000 employees in more than 40 countries, they aspire to be a place where everyone feels comfortable being their true selves, where they demonstrate empathy and civility – and where they celebrate the differences that make us stronger.

NATIONAL GRID

One of the largest listed utility companies in the world, with operations in the UK and the US, and 23,069 employees worldwide, the Grid lies at the heart of the transforming energy system, playing a vital role in connecting millions of people safely, reliably and efficiently to the energy they use. The power of its business lies in its people. Their expertise and dedication enable NG to deliver to customers. They are dedicated to supporting employees’ ongoing development, wellbeing and aim to encouraging inclusion and diversity in the workplace, because they believe that everyone should be able to bring their whole self to work to allow them to achieve their full potential.

PARAMOUNT

This legendary channel is home to the world’s most famed entertainment brands, including Paramount+, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET and Channel 5. Paramount’s focus on diversity, equity and inclusion is a movement, not a moment – it tackles racial representation head-on to drive business-wide change and make Paramount an inclusive destination for Black, Asian and minority ethnic talent. For example, its ‘no diversity, no commission’ policy informs its dealings with industry partners, while in-house initiatives like the Promotion Opportunity Project create development opportunities for production staff. Transparency and accountability remain at the heart of its strategy to embed DE&I into every aspect of Paramount’s operations.

STONEWATER

This leading social housing provider has a mission to deliver good quality, affordable homes to people who need them most, managing around 34,500 homes in England for more than 76,000 customers. Having delivered against its ambition to become one of the best companies to work for in the UK ahead of schedule, they are developing a new ‘people strategy’ to ensure they continue to stretch themselves towards becoming an exceptional place to work. Its talented 800+ employees continually work towards equality, diversity and inclusion, from recruitment and selection, through learning and development, appraisal and promotion, to retirement.