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What does it take to be an Agent of Change?

Being shortlisted for the Northern Power Women Agent of Change Award 2018 is an immense honour for GDP’s CEO, Farrah Qureshi. But what exactly does it take to be an agent of change? And what does it mean for businesses looking for advice on how to be more diverse and...

Leaders need to say “not on my watch” to sexual harassment

The revelations of sexual harassment in the celebrity workplace as well as at the highest levels of government and public institutions have brought this very important aspect of discrimination and inclusion centre stage. And not before time. This is an issue that is...

How does a global company ensure diversity and inclusion?

Operating in 170 countries with 380,000 employees, IBM recently won the 2017 ENEI award for global diversity sponsored by GDP. We caught up with Deborah Richards, IBM’s Diversity & Inclusion Leader UK & Ireland, and this is what she told us about how the...

Did Apple’s Tim Cook change the CEO agenda for good?

Four weeks ago, Tim Cook sent an email to his employees explaining why he disagreed with President Trump’s statements following violent demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia. He wrote: “What occurred in Charlottesville has no place in our country. Hate is a...

Why Unconscious Bias? Upcoming workshop at MSDUK

Most of us believe that we are unbiased.  We believe that we always make valid and carefully considered decisions that benefit all, don’t have prejudice opinions and that we remain ethical in all our actions. However, even the most open-minded person has unconscious...

Is it the law to be diverse and inclusive as a business owner?

In June 2017, 175 CEOs in the US joined forces in a new alliance: CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion. Featuring many of the world’s largest organisations – and businesses such as Walmart, that I have personally worked with – this new alliance is the largest...

Is media land ready for diversity?

Creative and advertising businesses are turning to diversity and inclusion as the next step in their business journey. Some companies are already planning change. At GDP, we have recently had an interest in D&I workshops and seminars from advertising, media, and...