Changing the way people think and behave is a long-term challenge
Creating a culture that genuinely values and promotes diversity and inclusion requires not only a thorough review of company policies but zero-tolerance of bias and sexism at all levels across the company.
What you should do
- Ensure that those at the top of the organisation set examples through their own behaviour and language. Support them with training.
- Review systems and processes to eliminate unintentional bias in recruitment and progression, particularly at senior levels. Avoid all-male shortlists.
- Make clear that conversation or behaviour that shows disrespect for women (or any other group) is not tolerated at any level and that everyone feels free to report concerns.