Co-op, M&S and Unilever CEOs among business leaders signing diversity pledge

CEOs from the Co-operative Group, Marks and Spencer and Unilever are among the business leaders who have signed a diversity pledge with the aim of inspiring others to do the same.

The CEO Activist & Moving the Dial on Diversity Pledge, which has been supported by some of the UK’s best-known companies, encourages business leaders to put diversity and inclusion at the top of the corporate agenda this year.

By focusing on four key principles, the action-orientated movement aims to create more inclusive workforces and provide better support and engagement for all underrepresented groups.

Read more: M&S hails gender balance despite growing pay gap

The four key principles are: ensuring workplaces are inclusive (with clear steps to ensure current/future leadership team diversity), a commitment to measure progress annually (against ten areas of diversity and inclusion), a promise to implement strategic diversity plans (with clear accountability for CEOs/leadership teams, and a commitment for CEOs to share their learnings and strategic plans for the future.

Founded by Co-op CEO Steve Murrells alongside M&S boss Steve Rowe and others, the collective mission is to inspire more than 100 CEOs to affect change in their organisations throughout 2022, creating fairer workplaces for all.

The movement was developed in partnership with DIAL Global, a diversity and inclusion accelerator which drives business growth through its specialist knowledge, advice and expertise.

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