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, Curry's 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 employee networks, 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 the end of January following the delayed October gender pay gap report submission deadline.

Download your copy of the report


Race Equality Week - 7th - 13th February

Race Equality Week is an annual UK-wide movement uniting thousands of organisations and individuals to address the barriers to race equality in the workplace. We will be sharing useful content and resources for employers throughout the week as well as hosting an insightful webinar on 9th February on how to address structural racism. See our upcoming events page for details.

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. Cohort 3 will start in January 2022.

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.

Cohort 2 has now started. To be part of cohort 3 and contact us.

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