Our mission is to make equality the way leaders lead, employees behave and workplaces work.
Our vision is to build cultures of equality where all employees feel like they can be themselves and will be valued for that.
Our Values Are Our Work
We Are In Service
We lead with who we are, always in service, not in ego.
We Pay Attention To What Has Heart And Meaning
We show up, choose to be present and pay attention to what has heart and meaning.
We Tell The Truth Without Judgement
We tell the truth without judgement, lean into discomfort and seek to understand.
We Are Open To Outcomes
We remain open to outcomes not attached to outcomes, and dwell in possibilities by innovating, creating and exploring new ideas.
Creating a culture of equality is not a ‘nice to have’, it is a fundamental business imperative. The number one barrier to advancing diversity and inclusion is the denial of inequality at work, which is the belief that workplaces work for everyone in the same way. When employees believe workplaces work for everyone in the same way, because everyone is the same, they deny difference and different experiences of working life.
For example, a 2018 study conducted by Business in the Community found that 33% of Black employees believe their ethnicity will be a barrier to their next career move, in stark contrast to just 1% of white employees. The challenge is most leaders do not know how to create cultures of equality, or what it means to lead in an inclusive way. Likewise employees do not understand what it means to practise inclusion as part of their job.
Companies cannot simply launch off-the-shelf solutions and expect results. Instead, they need to treat inclusion like any other business priority by engaging men and women to own the solution, which requires three key elements:
Leaders need to disrupt their denial about difference, and different experiences of working life, by creating awareness of how inequality reveals itself in their organisation.
To solve inequality, leaders need to understand how it is experienced in their team, department and organisation.
To solve inequality we need to treat it like any other business problem. The aim is to make equality the way leaders lead, employees behave and workplaces work.
At Equality Forward, we bring together research, experience, proven strategies, and solutions needed to develop every individual’s ability to practise inclusion and value diversity. Creating cultures of equality, where employees can be themselves at work and will be valued for that, requires rigorous assessment and substantive solutions, which is where we can help. Get in touch today and discover how you can make equality the way your workplace works.