The Inclusive Leadership Pledge has been set up by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) to rebalance boardrooms. This means inclusive growth with women, people from Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, people with disabilities, and those from the LGBT community.
By involving your business in this, you are showing your interest in social action. You can also join the list of companies already signed up, this proves that you are keeping up with competition and taking affirmative action to better the world. Campaigns such as this bring’s positive attention to your business. In a world where businesses are often scrutinised heavily for any missteps,
it is now more important than ever to be a socially conscious business. The Inclusive Leadership Pledge is exactly the sort of thing that is easy to get involved in, and therefore is not only a good thing to do for a fairer society, but is good business sense too.
Being inclusive to all obviously widens the net when it comes to employment, and gives you the best opportunity to get the best person for the job, but that should go without saying. The barriers that have prevented this in the past include a tendency to promote and employ in one’s own image, a lack of role models and mentors, and the usual suspects of stereotyping and an ‘old boys club’ mentality in some leadership roles. As a business you can sign up here, this will enhance your profile and get you noticed amongst a different audience that you might not have accessed yet as a business.