Princes’ new Inclusion & Diversity Update
As I&D sponsor, I am delighted to publish the Princes Inclusion & Diversity Update 2022/23.
Our report showcases some of the excellent progress that has been made in this vitally important area of our business during the last 12 months.
There have been some outstanding moments which represent a genuine step-change in the way Princes approaches Inclusion & Diversity.
While there is still much work to be done, I think we can fairly say that I&D is now firmly embedded across our organisation, including at Board level.
For this, we owe a huge amount of thanks to our Inclusion Champions and all colleagues who have taken the time to get involved in the Colleague Resource Groups (CRGs) covering our six pillars of I&D – LGBT+, Accessibility, Social Mobility, Gender Diversity, Multicultural and Age Diversity.
When we launched our strategy, we made it clear that, for it to succeed, it had to be colleague-driven.
Through the work of more than 100 colleagues on the CRGs and the wider engagement of colleagues across the business, we have been able to achieve this objective.
During the past year, there have been many highlights across our six pillars.
Among them was England football legend John Barnes, our guest speaker at a webinar ‘Unite for Anti-Racism’ held during Princes Group Inclusion Week.
Another highlight during National Inclusion Week was the round-table event we held with one of our key customers, Co-op Food, a leader in the field of I&D best practice. The session allowed us to share learnings and discuss some of the challenges we have in common including the requirement to engage effectively with a highly dispersed workforce.
As part of LGBT History Month in February, we listened to award-winning speaker Rikki Arundel give a keynote speech about the unconscious bias in society which prevents marginalised groups from fulfilling their full potential. We are determined to play our part in changing that.
We also received positive feedback from colleagues for the activities we ran during PRIDE Month and National Coming Out Day.
Most recently, Princes has become a Major Partner of the Diversity & Inclusion in Grocery initiative powered by GroceryAid. The campaign has a simple and powerful vision – “To ensure that all of our 3 million industry colleagues feel supported to be themselves and flourish, whoever they are, wherever they are from and whatever their preferences.”
We are delighted to have signed up to play a key role in this annual programme and look forward to sharing more news and events with colleagues over the coming weeks and months.
As we embark on the next year of our I&D strategy, I would like to reiterate my thanks to all colleagues in the business who have already got involved in one of the CRGs and encourage others to consider volunteering their time and ideas to enable Princes to continue to build on some of excellent progress that has been made.
While there have been many positive and tangible results during the past year, we must all ensure that our journey towards becoming an example of best practice in I&D remains firmly at the top of the agenda.
By Joe Dent, Chief People Officer