Diversity in Retail is Devoted to Increasing Diversity and Inclusion Across Retail

We believe that through collaboration we can amplify the impact of individual diversity initiatives, together we can have a bigger, louder voice for the good of the Retail sector

Our mission is to support companies across the retail industry to create diverse and inclusive environments and positively impact 1 million employees globally by 2025

What We Do


We conduct research and provide content that is relevant and inspiring


We nurture collaboration and sharing across the industry, putting in place tangible actions that make a difference

Be a part of our community of companies and individuals committing to creating more diverse and inclusive workplaces

Get in touch to find out more about Diversity in Retail's initiatives and become a Corporate Member

Our Founding Members Reach Nearly 550,000 Employees and Include:

Diversity in Retail Launches

Tea Colaianni, Founder & Chair Diversity in Retail (DiR) said:

“It’s absolutely fantastic to have John Lewis Partnership, Wickes, WHSmith, Sainsbury’s, EG Group, Dr Martens, Dixons Carphone and Kingfisher sign up to be founding members of Diversity in Retail and place their confidence and commitment to the DiR cause. I am very excited about the impact we can have when we join forces for the good of our employees, customers and society as a whole. I passionately believe that no single company can make progress with the inclusion agenda on its own. I am inspired by the commitment and collective efforts of the Community’s Founding Members and look forward to working together with the senior leaders of the Founding Members to expand the reach of the DiR Community and make a tangible difference.”

Read the full press release here.

Best Inclusive Practices in Retail in 2021

Best Inclusive Practices in Retail in 2021 has been produced in collaboration with our Founding Members and brings together innovative and inspirational strategies which address how to create more inclusive workplace environments.

Case studies relate to hybrid and flexible working, the formation of ERGs, the implementation of development programmes and training, family-related initiatives and improved methods of communication.

Gender Pay Gap in Retail: Interim Report 2020-21

In partnership with PwC, we are pleased to launch a new interim report 'Step by Step - Closing the Gender Pay Gap in Retail' which reviews the data shared by those companies in the retail sector that have elected to publish their gender pay gap reports (by the end of May 2021).

The report also extrapolates some of the insights and best practices that retailers have put in place to tackle gender inequality in the sector.

A full report will be published this autumn following the delayed October gender pay gap report submission deadline.

Download your copy of the report


NEW! The Ethnic Senior Leaders (ESL) - Get Board Ready Programme

This programme is designed to support and prepare ethnic senior leaders for promotion to Executive Board level. Numbers are limited to 15 Participants per cohort. Member companies can nominate 1 Participant per cohort and places are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Nominations are now open until 25th October 2021 and the Programme starts on 23rd November 2021. Find out more.

Black History Month 2021

Throughout Black History Month we will be highlighting up and coming Black leaders in our sector. This year's 'Proud To Be' campaign is inspired by Black Lives Matter and invites Black and Brown people of all ages throughout the UK to share what they are Proud To Be.

The Global Female Leader Programme

The Global Female Leader Programme (FLP) is a unique, cross-industry programme that has been designed to provide a series of experiences and learning opportunities to support career progression for high potential women in the Retail industry. The GFLP is available to Diversity in Retail members for select nominees. A new cohort will start in Autumn 2021. Find out more.

The Ethnic Future Leaders (EFL) Programme

The DiR Ethnic Future Leaders Programme (EFL) is a ‘one of its kind’ programme that's uniquely placed to provide a series of experiences and learning opportunities to support the career progression of high potential ethnic minority leaders working in hospitality, travel and leisure.

Nominations for the next cohort are now closed ready for a mid-Autumn 2021 start. Find out more.

Interested in finding out more? Email: info@diversityinretail.com