2021 Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace Summit
Delegates benefitting from this event include:
"Brilliant session, such enthusiasm is infectious" "Utterly inspirational, amazing initiatives and achievements in your company"
"Such a great session, thank you for sharing your actions and the lessons you learned" "Superb resources, thank you. I will be sharing with my colleagues too"
"Absolutely love this discussion, we need more like this" "We really want to listen properly to our people and create an environment of psychological safety for all. These are fantastic takeaways, thank you"
"Such a thought-provoking, practical day" "Excellent event; I was dreading the whole day day in front of a screen but my fears were unfounded"
"Informative, energetic and engaging - what an incredible line-up of speakers" "Great mix of practical advice, group discussion, insight and information"
Time: 09:30 - 16:30 BST (if you can't attend live, register to watch the recording)
Cost per attendee: £250 early bird registration (Tickets will be £350 after June 30th 2021)
"Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation"– Mahatma Gandhi
Our December 2020 D&I Workplace Summit saw over 150 top-level delegates gather to examine a range of ways in which leading global companies and extraordinary individuals shared best practice, stories of amazing tenacity and mould-breaking careers and the practical approaches to transforming organisations into truly diverse places to work.
Looking strategically at the post-COVID global landscape, the Online Summit will address pay gap, remote working, and practical inclusion strategies, while a series of afternoon streamed workshops will drill down into specific topics: women, BAME, neurodiversity, disability, LGBTQ+ and social mobility.
Since our first Diversity event in 2006, BFI has been helping organisations stay up to date with addressing Diversity and Inclusion needs by offering the latest developments, policy and legal updates, as well as case studies from top employers.
Please note: If you have a topic to suggest or might like to speak at, endorse, or sponsor the event, please see how to get involved here
Which functions will benefit from attending
- HR, Diversity & Inclusion, Occupational Health, Recruitment & Resourcing, Policy & Strategy, Operations, Legal, Talent, Equality, Policy, Organisational Development, Employer Branding, Engagement, Employee Relations, People Development, Learning and Development, Improvement and Quality and all Directors and Line Managers with responsibilities in this area.
CHAIRS’ WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: PICKING UP THE POST-COVID PIECES: WHAT NOW FOR WORKPLACE DIVERSITY?
- Restarting your D&I programmes: tough but key questions for UK plc
- Identifying and protecting the hardest hit: where must our legal and moral resources go?
WE STILL NEED TO TALK ABOUT RACE
One year on from George Floyd's death and the sky-rocketing of the BLM movement: our research suggests policies around race and inclusion in the workplace haven’t significantly tackled this issue. In a mixture of plenary and interactive conversations, the panel will examine:
- Why not?
- Where can organisations start, tomorrow?
- Leveraging the profile of the civil rights movements in your organisations to plan and execute a policy that moves past lip service
- Strategies to maintain momentum in the teeth of compassion fatigue
- Quantifying the COVID-related impact on minority ethnic groups and addressing them in the workplace: this is not a one-size-fits all strategy
- Warning signs in the workplace - how do the echoes of what is happening in the wider community manifest in the workplace?
- Case study - successful implementation of a race policy
OPTIMISING YOUR RECRUITMENT & PROGRESSION POLICY TO IMPLEMENT, COMMUNICATE AND DEMONSTRATE A FAIR AND INCLUSIVE APPROACH
- Inclusive & proactive recruitment: key elements of a successful policy
- WFH: the pros and cons of the new hybrid workplace through the D&I prism: identifying and reaching out to those affected
- Furlough - the impact on CPD, learning, and development
- Restarting CPD programs for those now on the back-foot.
- Generation C: how our younger generations are impacted by COVID and their progression in the workplace.
- Apprenticeship and graduate programs|: maximising inclusivity to level the playing field
- Inclusive hiring models : what to implement and what makes it a success?
WHO ARE MOST VULNERABLE UNDER A FLEXIBLE WORKING MODEL - ENSURING NOBODY SLIPS THROUGH THE CRACKS
- Women: mitigating the impact on career progression of those who are out of sight
- Addressing burn-out when the lines between home and work are blurred
- How to get the most from those with accessibility issues that might previously have been disadvantaged in a 100% office environment
- Case study
MENTAL HEALTH: COVID FALL-OUT - WHAT ARE THE KEY MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES IN THE POST-PANDEMIC WORLD
- Warning signs and red flags: what to look out for in a virtual transaction: obvious and hidden messages and appropriate responses for HR
- Breaking down the barriers to more open mental health conversations
- Case study - how to successfully nurture and protect your most vulnerable people
DATA & REPORTING: MOVING PAST A NUMBERS EXERCISE TO MEANINGFULLY INTERPRET AND ACT ON YOUR INTELLIGENCE
- Engaging leaders in the discussion - making a case for investment in practical D&I actions
- Moving beyond KPIs
- From data collection to actionable strategies: what do the world’s most diverse organisations do and how can we learn from them?
- Case study - from numbers to tangible results
THE AWKWARD CONVERSATIONS
When your employees are involved in honest, respectful and real conversations at work, those values of inclusion and tolerance will have a huge impact in the outside world. And at a time when organisations are being held up to the light by customers and clients, your inclusion strategy needs to be far deeper than lip service.
As HR professionals, we are perfectly placed to lead change and tackle workplace bias. This session features experts and thought leaders who will show you how to start and continue workplace conversations to ensure your inclusion strategy is effective and workable.
The most popular session from last year, now updated to address the issues identified by senior HR professional during our research this year. Delegates will choose one workshop to attend, and each workshop will report back key findings to the whole conference, ensuring everyone leaves armed and ready to go with the latest challenges, thinking, solutions and intelligence on all the key areas.
WORKSHOP A: WOMEN
WORKSHOP B: ETHNIC MINORITIES: THE ASIAN PERSPECTIVE
Asian communities have become targeted by hate crime now more than before. How does this manifest in the workplace and how to address it?
WORKSHOP C: HIDDEN ISSUES
D&I matters also impacts those with issues that aren't visible: groups who aren't open or obvious in their needs but still disadvantaged by mainstream policies. We will look at the particular considerations affecting, among others,
- specific religious groups: tackling workplace anti-Semitism and essential policy to consider
- sexuality: those still not open about their preferences/relationships - respecting their wishes whilst ensuring their needs are addressed
WORKSHOP D: DISABILITY
WORKSHOP E: LGBTQ+
WORKSHOP F: SOCIAL MOBILITY
WORKSHOP FINDINGS AND FEEDBACK
CLOSING REMARKS, NEXT STEPS AND END OF SUMMIT
ONLINE NETWORKING FOR DELEGATES AND SPEAKERS
"I loved meeting so many like-minded people"
"I wish I could have carried on the workshop discussion for another hour - it makes such a difference hearing from colleagues facing the same issues"
"The panel discussions were incredible, and raised so many questions. I would love a chance to speak directly to those experts."
"This summit was head and shoulders the best I have attended. God willing, next year we can meet in person and keep talking with such honesty."
"Almost too many ideas to take away! Great bunch of people and amazing speakers. Loved the chance to talk to everyone too."
As requested, we will provide a space for all attendees to exchange thoughts on the day, swap contact details and make new allies and friends following the summit. We learned just as much from attendees as from our expert speakers last year, and have responded to a call for a specific space for lengthier networking this year. There will be an opportunity to continue conversations privately in breakout rooms, talk directly to speakers and other experts and ensure you get a chance to reflect together on a full and invaluable day.