July 2016

Inclusive Employers announce the launch of National Inclusion Week!

Year 4 of National Inclusion Week, and the inclusion agenda gains greater momentum.

National Inclusion Week is an annual workplace campaign for employers wanting to develop an inclusive workplace culture. The week is full of events and workshops, with something for everyone to get involved in.

In 2015, over 270 organisations took part in the week including organisations such as ASDA, The Cooperative Bank, NHS Employers, TSB, McDonalds, The Coop, Transport for London, Enterprise Rent-a-car, House of Commons, Nomura, Macmillan, Environment Agency, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, National Grid, South West Train, Great Western Railway.  With this, there was a potential estimated reach of 2 million colleagues. However, with a UK workforce of 31.21 million, last year, the total percentage of employees that may have been reached was just 6.5%. These employees are part of UK talent that drives our economy and part of the talent pipeline that makes UK businesses successful. It has never been more important to engage everyone in the inclusion agenda. In 2016 we have a target to get 400 organisations registered and participating – register here.

This year, the activities will run from 25th September to 2nd October, and the concept is EVERYDAY INCLUSION, encouraging UK employees to think about the small things we can all do every day to create more inclusive workplaces. Throughout this week, organisations will have the opportunity to unite with inclusion experts, and other organisations that are passionate about inclusion in the workplace.

The Equality Act 2010 has had a huge impact to the way UK organisations are improving their diversity, but there is still along way to go for many organisations to become truly inclusive. Between 2014-2015 the highest sum awarded by the Employment Tribunal was £557,039 for a sex discrimination claim. Large sums were also awarded for claims arising from unfair dismissal, race discrimination and disability discrimination. Did you know there is no maximum to what an organisation can be asked to pay out of discrimination claims?

So to kick start National Inclusion Week 2016 we are inviting those organisations to come along to a National Inclusion Week workshop in London, if you are interested please book your place here.

Notes to editors

  • National Inclusion Week is from 25th September to 2nd October, the web address is: www.nationalinclusionweek.co.uk. There will be daily “tweet-ins” which will promote everyday inclusion and the importance of valuing difference in the workplace. To join the tweets for National Inclusion Week, use the twitter handle @NationalIncWeek or #NIW2016 or #NationalInclusionWeek.
  • Please contact info@nationalinclusionweek.co.uk for interviews with any participating organisations, quotes and comments are available.
  • The National Inclusion Week YouTube Channel has videos from the last couple of years and new ones will be uploading in the run up.
  • National Inclusion Week is ran by Inclusive Employers, the UK’s leading membership organisation for employers committed to creating truly inclusive workplaces where all staff feel valued and add value. Visit www.inclusiveemployers.co.uk for more information.
  • Looking back, in 2013 we focused on the pioneers; we invited you to think differently about diversity and inclusion. In 2014, it was the year of the ‘inclusion selfie’ focusing on what inclusion meant to different people. In 2015, we wanted everyone to realise that ‘it can be you’ who drives inclusion. Now we want to concentrate on making inclusion happen every day with the 2016 theme ‘Everyday Inclusion’.
  • As an organisation dedicated to helping employers develop an inclusive workplace, this year’s theme is Everyday Inclusion because we believe an inclusive culture is built on those everyday inclusive acts that we do, to make our colleague and customer feel they can be themselves, add value and value others.