A MOMENT WITH LIONEL
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION WITH HR
As part of the Proud to Champion theme, we speak to Lionel Mason, HR Director about where Next currently stands, and it's future commitment to Diversity & Inclusion. We ask 6 questions to give you an insight into the work that is going on in the background at Next.
Do you have ideas and opinoins on what you want Unity to champion within the business? Let us know by sending an email to email@example.com or messaging us on Yapster.
Yes, most certainly. We have recently drafted a statement where we articulate our commitment to Equality, Diversity & Inclusion at Next. This is due to be published shortly and so this can be shared with Unity and will be published on the site.
Next does strive to be diverse and inclusive. Our current HR system has limitations around data reporting, and therefore collecting diversity data has been a challenge in being able to measure the effectiveness of the picture of diversity & inclusion across the business. Next will launch its new People system in January 2022 and as part of the launch we will be encouraging all our employees to update their diversity data, including ethnicity.
This is extremely important to us. We have joined the 10,000 Black interns initiative which is due to launch in 2022. This seeks to transform the prospects of young black people in the UK by offering paid work experience across a number of industries as well as training and development.
Unity@Next provides a forum where we are able to listen, celebrate and support our employees from all backgrounds. Next strives to create an environment where we encourage everyone to be themselves at work, so everyone is able to do their very best work for the benefit of themselves and for the business. Our partnership with Unity@Next helps the business achieve this.
The Race at Work Charter has calls to action for organisations committed to improving equality of opportunity in the workplace