National Inclusion Week 2019 – Engage – Bank of England

National Inclusion Week 2019 – Engage – Bank of England


as its national inclusion week we’ve
signed up to the campaign by inclusive employers to make everyday inclusion and
reality so we’re the executive directors for HR for the Bank of England it’s a
role we job share and we wanted to take a bit of time out of our day to talk
about how we’re making inclusion a reality in our everyday working life
it’s really important that we’re all very inclusive every day of our lives in
how we go about doing our jobs and outside of work so for us in the bank
for Lee and myself for every meeting we hold we always make sure that everyone
gets a voice around the table for those colleagues who aren’t able to be in the
office we make sure we’ve got great facilities so they can remotely dial in
or Skype into a meeting so we can hear everyone’s views and we get a much
better representation um and just in everyday things you know saying hello to
people meeting with people sharing opportunities and sponsoring people we
have a great sponsorship program in the bank to make sure we bring all our
colleagues up to their full potential Lee how about yourself
I think those everyday interactions really really matter just taking the
time say as you said you’re doesn’t say hello in the morning to ask people how
they are really makes a difference to how colleagues feel but it’s what is
thinking about everyday behaviour Jonathan nice job also means that we
need to make sure that we are delivering for the governor for our other senior
colleagues their commitment to make diversity and inclusion an absolute top
priority for the organization so diversity and inclusion is discussed as
a sort of standing item many of our in fact all of our top level senior
committees and it’s mine and Jonathan’s job to make sure that we’re bringing
those discussions to the table and that we’re delivering on the pledge that the
governor and others made to really put this top of our agenda I think in terms
of the bank’s greatest achievement in terms of inclusion I’ll probably
highlight the push that we’ve made on transparency on data on setting
ourselves stretching targets on publishing data that can demonstrate
both internally but most importantly to our external stakeholders to how we’re
doing to the pay gap data where we of course publish our gender pay gap as
required by law but we’ve also chosen to publish our ethnic minority pay gap
one of a few organizations to do say because that really Abby has put the it
really emphasizes how much importance we attach to these issues
I think publishing data and transparency has been important for all sorts of
reasons but it’s helped focus our minds it’s helped sharpen our incentives and
it’s helped give us visible measure of not only the progress we’ve made and we
have made a lot of progress but also the progress that we forget to make where we
all know there’s more work today Jonathan what would you highlight in
terms of the the visible commitments perhaps to change so I would highlight
things like for Mental Health Week we like the bank up green to represent our
LGBT colleagues we fly the pride flags we have a very active Black History
Month and we signed several charters for example the woman in finance charter so
the Bank of England’s chosen to be a diverse organization and it’s chosen to
be an inclusive organization and perhaps I’ll say a little bit about diversity
before we talk about inclusion so why is diversity important well first and
foremost is just the right thing to do simple as that
the second thing would highlight is the importance of diversity to public trust
the Bank of England serves all of the United Kingdom
and the more representative we can be of the people that we serve they’re better
that’s got to be for public chest then the third thing at highlight is decision
making we know we know for a fact that diverse grapes make better decisions
decision makings our business the Bank of England diverse groups help us be
help us be better at decision making help us be better at the business at the
bank so that’s diversity if that’s the
ingredients if you like the diverse ingredients that’s great how we bring
them together inclusion we bring that mix of ingredients together is really
important too so that’s why we’re really keen that we have a really inclusive
environment in this organization we’re colleagues can bring the host us to work
every day and they can speak freely and they can do their best work for us as an
organization we’re really proud of everything we’ve done at the Bank of
England on diversity and inclusion to date we hope that listening to us to
today some other organizations will feel inspired to do similar things
and so we just wish you all a very happy inclusion week

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