Exertis is implementing new diversity and inclusion initiatives to foster a more innovative culture across its business and to better reflect the diversity of its customer base and technology users.
To this end, it has established a diversity steering group, with representatives from every region in which the company operates, and a diversity and inclusion toolkit to help managers make a demonstrable contribution to diversity within their part of the business.
Vishal Chhatralia, Exertis’ Global Chief Digital & Marketing Officer, points out that recruitment and training are two areas where the distributor is already making a difference.
He said: “We have made two big strides. One is recruitment: senior roles have been recruited with a greater focus on bringing in new members from diverse backgrounds, with increases in female talent and talent from ethnic backgrounds. Second is our ‘always on’ education and communication programme, focused on the importance of diversity and what we can do as an organisation to better understand and encourage diversity in recruitment and everyday operations.”
Other initiatives designed to encourage diversity include enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption packages and more flexibility in working hours and location.
Chhatralia added: “In these times it will be those that are able to see and empathise with their customers’ needs who will win. We must continue to build a diverse organisation, which matches the diversity of those customers and partners who we serve.”