Our commitment to diversity and inclusion has been further embedded this year with the creation of a dedicated Diversity and Inclusion Manager role and by developing a strategy to further enhance and guide our approach to diversity and inclusion. In addition 14 colleagues from across the business formed our new Inclusion Council, to push boundaries and highlight things that need to change and evolve with the aim of making Hastings an even more inclusive place to work.
We have highlighted many important days throughout 2020, including:
In March, we celebrated International Women's day to recognise the achievements of women and to support the call to action for gender equality.
In September, we celebrated national inclusion week, where colleagues were given the opportunity to say what inclusion meant to them, and hosted small discussion groups about subjects that colleagues felt passionately about.
In September and October we celebrated Black History Month by sharing colleague stories and heritage, and what black history meant to them.
In December we celebrated International Day of People with Disabilities, by sharing colleague stories about invisible disabilities which are not always immediately apparent have effected them.
Following the events in the USA and across the world involving racism and prejudice, every Colleague was invited to have discussions around race. We worked with experts to shape our initial discussion, which was open for all colleagues to attend, followed by a series of confidential small group conversations, with the aim of listening to colleagues and allowing all voices to be heard. We shared a toolkit to support our colleagues and leaders to have ongoing meaningful and constructive conversations about race as a starting point to drive change.