2018 saw us take significant strides forward in our equality, diversity and inclusion strategy. As part of our Sustainability Roadmap, we have established a new “Equity and Ethics” steering committee, whose remit is to further develop our strategy in this crucial area. Led by one of the high potential future leaders from our 2016 “Aspire” programme, the group draws on experience and expertise from across our global business, and is tasked (amongst other things) with promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in our business and our industry.
We have recently published our raw gender pay gap data on the UK Government’s Gender Pay Gap Viewing service, in accordance with our compliance obligations. In addition to this, we have reviewed our progress against the actions we set out in our 2017 report, and re-affirmed our commitment to the action plan developed by the Equity and Ethics group. Further contextual information about our gender pay gap figures, as well as some commentary on our wider strategy in this area are set out in our 2018 “Taking Action on Gender Diversity” report. We are delighted to see some progress in reducing our gender pay gap, as well as evidence that woman now make up a higher proportion of our higher earners. Whilst significant change will take time, we have a strong pipeline of female talent at all levels within the business, and we are working hard to ensure that we retain and nurture that talent, so that all sections of our workforce continue to have the opportunity to fulfil their personal and professional potential. The issue of diversity is a critical one for our industry, and we welcome opportunities to engage in dialogue with others in this important area. Queries regarding our gender pay gap data or our approach to equality and diversity more generally should be addressed to our Human Resources Director, Carole O’Neil.