We regularly produce best in class reports, leadership content and insight showcasing the most impactful examples of diversity and inclusion across the industry covering topics like wellbeing and mental health, the impact of the pandemic on women and people from ethnic minorities, menopause in the workplace. We anticipate and respond to the needs of our Collaboration Community, share learnings and facilitate benchmarking.
NEW! The Impact of Workplace Inclusion on Mental Health of Employees
In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Week, we are delighted to launch a new and unique piece of research produced in partnership with the NHS approved mental health app Thrive. The research undertaken explores the correlation between perceived levels of inclusion within the workplace and overall mental health. This report provides analysis from an in-depth survey within the HTL and Retail sectors and gives practical advice to ensure that organisations can best manage the wellbeing of their teams.
NEW! Role Models for Inclusion in Retail Index 2022
Produced in partnership with The MBS Group, the Role Models for Inclusion in Retail Index 2022 shines the light on a group of inspirational people who have been independently identified as having made significant impact to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace within retail.
Social Mobility Report
This report, written by Tracey Groves (CEO Intelligent Ethics and Partner Stoneturn), summarises the key points which were raised during a DiR webinar last year based on the importance of social mobility. It aims to provide our community with greater understanding of this topic through references to current thought leadership, a case study and highlighting leading research in this area.
With contributions from André Flemmings (WHSmith), Donna Catley (Compass) and Justine Greening (Social Mobility Pledge).
Employee Network Groups in HTL & Retail Tooklit
Following the success of our Employee Network Groups (ENG) in HTL & Retail Conference at the beginning of February, we are pleased to launch a Toolkit covering the insights, learnings and experiences shared by members of the WiHTL and DiR Collaboration Community during the event, as well as little gems uncovered through one to one conversations, panel discussions, surveys, polls and personal experiences.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for your copy (DiR members) or to enquire how to purchase (non-members).
FTSE Women Leaders Review
Building on the incredibly important work, and success, of the Hampton-Alexander and Davies Reviews, the first FTSE Women Leaders Review announced 4 new recommendations and highlights progress across the FTSE 350 for Women Leaders.
One such recommendation is for FTSE 350 companies to have at least one woman in the Chair or Senior Independent Director role on the Board, and/or one woman in the Chief Executive or Finance Director role in the company, by the end of 2025.
Download the full report here.
Gender Pay Gap in Retail Report (Full Version)
In partnership with PwC, we are delighted to launch a new report exploring research into the current state of the gender pay gap in the Retail sector.
Against the backdrop of the social inequality highlighted during COVID-19 and the delayed gender pay gap deadline of last October, the report highlights the progress made in our sector to close the gender pay gap and analyses the potential impact of the pandemic on inclusion, diversity and fairness as focus areas for employers, employees, customers and investors.
The report also draws upon a number of case studies from across the Retail sector and contains specific recommendations to employers on how to close the gender pay gap.
Read the accompanying 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.
2020 was an unprecedented year. Covid-19 has delivered unchartered challenges for those working in the industry. Although employee resilience has been remarkable, dealing with multiple lockdowns, social distancing, stay-at-home orders, travel and mobility restrictions, and the fear of exposure to the virus has taken its toll on employee wellbeing and mental health.
It has therefore become a top priority for companies to put in place robust wellbeing programmes. To help businesses put such programmes in place, we have compiled a list of toolkits and resources.
Simply email us to request a copy of the toolkit.
White Paper: The Impact of Menopause at Work
Every woman goes through the menopause and yet it still remains a taboo topic. 30% of women we surveyed have considered leaving their job as a result of menopausal symptoms.
In light of the above we produced a white paper in partnership with Executive Health Coach & Menopause Expert, Lauren Chiren from Women at a Certain Stage to share advice, tools and real-life case studies to assist companies to put in place more supportive measures.
Request a copy of the report and our full menopause resource list here.
Diversity & Inclusion: Policy Examples in Retail
GPG Reports - April 2022
GPG Reports - April 2021
The John Lewis Partnership D&I Initiatives
The John Lewis Partnership (JLP) Offers Equal Parental Leave to All Staff
JLP is the first UK retailer to introduce 26 weeks equal parenthood paid maternity and paternity leave and two weeks' paid pregnancy loss leave
New Flexible First policy with job vacancies to be advertised as flexible working
Career support and job opportunities programme for young people leaving the care system
Inclusion Committee to be created to drive progress on diversity and inclusion
The John Lewis Partnership’s Executive Team created this film to bring to life what discrimination feels like. It was made by the newly formed Black Partner Advisory Group, set up as a consultative body and sounding board to test ideas and contribute to improving the experiences of Black Partners. ‘It’s not OK’ has provided a platform for Black Partners to speak up and educate.