What caught our eye - three key stories (week 13, 2024)
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What caught our eye - three key stories (week 13, 2024)

UK's diversity drive backfired?; coal's very long goodbye; buying affordable ethical chocolate is hard

Here are three stories that we found particularly interesting this week and why. We also give our lateral thought on each one.

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Has Britain's diversity drive backfired?

We have recently seen 'DEI' come under fire, particularly in North America, but also in Europe. "Britain's diversity drive has backfired?" was the headline of a recent Telegraph article that caught our eye via a LinkedIn post from Paul Sesay.

On 20 March 2024, an independent report on the Inclusion at Work Panel’s recommendations for improving diversity and inclusion (D&I) practice in the workplace was published. Commissioned by the Minister for Women and Equalities and Secretary of State for Business and Trade Kemi Badenoch, the report had three aims:

  • identify the interventions that increase fairness, inclusion, and diversity, explaining what works, why, and how; and develop and disseminating resources to promote this
  • make the most compelling arguments in favour of good practice, and against bad, with the best evidence and data available
  • develop a new Inclusion Confident Scheme, complementing other such kitemarks, embedded first in the Civil Service and public sector

In writing the report, the panel spoke with over 100 people representing 55 organisations, which themselves represent many thousands of people in the public, private and charity sectors. In addition they worked with, and studied the work of, "some leading academics in the fields of behavioural and occupational psychology, neuroscience, and employment law." 

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