How does the initiative increase diversity and inclusion at AP UK&I?
In October 2022 we embarked on a DEI journey to design and deliver an actional and impactful DEI strategy that aligns with our strategic growth priorities and ambitions, by strengthening awareness, focus, commitment, and accountability to advancing DEI across our business that also aligns with our core value of Power through Partnership. The initiative is called DEIB Awareness and Activation.
As a result of this initiative we have launched our DEIB Vision and Mission statement. DEIB is a standing agenda item at each of our Board meetings, we have an Inclusion and Belonging Coalition (DEI working group) with representatives from each of our regions and profit centres, developed a DEI strategy and action plan that is reflective of insights from our listening survey and reflective of DEI best practice.
We have launched a series of learning events across the whole business including Conscious Inclusion sessions (interactive and engaging in-person sessions) and regular workshops to strengthen awareness and understanding of diversity focuses areas.
How did we implement these improvements?
We started with a leadership workshop to align all leaders around our why – getting clear as to what we wanted to achieve, as a business aligned to our strategic growth strategy.
We aligned leaders on our vision and mission statement, which was socialised across the whole business for input and consultation as part of DEI awareness sessions. What was core to this consultation was the recognition and understanding that DEI was about ALL talent, and to be successful required the commitment, energy and engagement of everyone across our business to continuously listen, learn and evolve together – therefore we prioritised engaging everyone from the onset of this journey.
To understand our current state, people’s perceptions of DEI and the AP UK&I culture, we launched a Voluntary DEI Listening Survey, which has identified our strengths, gaps and priority focus areas for the next stage of our DEI journey.