Workforce with a difference
Achieving a ‘workforce with a difference’ remains high on our agenda. For us, it means recruiting and engaging with people from different cultures, countries and backgrounds. The more diversity there is, the better it is for business.
There will always be room for improvement, however we have had some great successes within the past few years. For example, our internal ‘Workforce with a difference’ Google+ community has over 1,200 members from across the business and is the source of lively debate. Changes and impacts made by the community include changes to women’s work wear and employment practices.
We're also committed to having a fair representation of women on our plc Board and in senior positions across the business. We have a clear policy on diversity and our recruitment criteria reflects this.
In addition, our Wickes business continued their commitment to diversity in 2015 when their colleagues organised a float for Manchester Pride festival for another year running. While gender diversity has been a focus of attention in the past two years, 2016 will see more focus on the wider diversity agenda.