28th November, 2019

Tremendous progress has been made by businesses in building more diverse and inclusive workforces in recent years, but firms can go further and faster, according to the latest Midtown Big Ideas Exchange event on 27th November 2019.

An expert panel explained that businesses that embrace diversity and inclusion programmes and strategies will be more innovative, better able to serve their diverse client and customer bases, and ultimately will deliver long-term value and success to their stakeholders.

The event was the third in the 2019/2020 Midtown Big Ideas Exchange series, which has taken as its inspiration four of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event series has the London Evening Standard as media partner.

Held at Holborn’s University of the Arts, in the centre of London’s vibrant Midtown business hub, the event considered SDG 10 – Reduced Inequalities – from a business perspective, addressing themes such as mentoring, recruitment, returning to work after maternity leave, gender pay differences, unconscious bias and diversity training.

Its panellists, who were either based in Midtown, or worked with other businesses in the Midtown area, comprised Sonia Campbell, Partner and Head of BAME Diversity and Inclusion at law firm Mishcon de Reya; Jennifer Healy, Chief People Officer at Mindshare, a media and marketing services company; Ben Murray, CEO of Carbon Smart, a Midtown-based sustainability consultancy; and Sumita Singha, founder of architectural practice Ecologic and founder of Architects for Change, an equality forum at the Royal Institute of British Architects.

The event was introduced by Emily Auckland of the UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD), a network of more than 100 organisations, who highlighted the UKSSD’s new partnership with BEE Midtown. Under the agreement, BEE Midtown and the UKSSD will design collaborative programmes to enable member businesses to work together to develop solutions and accelerate progress on the SDGs in Midtown and beyond. In addition, members of BEE Midtown will be given access to tailored guidance and support and gain access to UKSSD’s national programmes. For more information, and to sign up for a workshop in January 2020 please contact julia@bee-midtown.com.

The fourth and final event in the 2019/2020 MBIE series will focus on sustainable development in cities such as London, linked to the 11th of the SDGs, “Sustainable Cities and Communities”. The event, titled “Live, Work, Play: Balancing Our Demands On Place”, will be held at Connected Cities Catapult, Urban Innovation Centre, One Sekforde Street, London EC1R 0BE on Wednesday, 29th January 2020. For more information and to register for the event, click here.