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Diversity, Inclusion and Culture at E.ON

When: 12.00, Wednesday 22nd February – 14.00 Thursday 23rd February, 2017
Where: E.ON, Annesley near Nottingham and M1 Junction 27

We know that diverse and inclusive organisations are not only great places to work, but that they also perform much better as businesses. Extensive research evidence shows that the ‘business benefits’ of diversity and inclusion include:

•    Better communication with and understanding of customers and clients;
•    The ability to connect with and reflect society, including the latest consumer and market trends;
•    Access to a diversity of perspectives, enabling a more responsive, innovative and creative workforce;
•    Improved organisational legitimacy, image and reputation;
•    Attraction of a wider talent pool of staff, including improved capacity to fill skills gaps;
•    Increased employee satisfaction, retention and productivity via a positive company culture.

While diversity and inclusion clearly create real value for businesses, many organisations have yet to translate this huge potential into reality. How can organisations meaningfully embed diversity and inclusion into their workplace practices and culture, rather than treating it as a ‘tick box exercise’?

The host

E.ON is one of the UK's leading power and gas companies - generating electricity, and retailing power and gas. It is part of the E.ON group, one of the world's largest investor-owned power and gas companies employing around 9,000 people in the UK.

"Our purpose is Improving People’s Lives; our vision is to be our customers' trusted energy partner. And our values include, amongst others, ensuring that we put the customer first and act responsibly with an open mind."

The Programme

This Open Event will address the gap between research and practice around Diversity, Inclusion and Culture from an in-company perspective, by allowing participants to:

•    Explore E.ON’s special take on Diversity and Inclusion including the company’s achievements and current opportunities in this area;
•    Identify cross-cutting "problem statements" to explore with the collective insight of E.ON’s senior team and participants from other companies and organisations acting as “critical friends”;
•    Share issues and challenges identified by participants during facilitated interactive sessions;
•    Arrive at new and innovative ways to promote diversity and inclusion to take back to your own organisation.

What E.ON says about the event...

‘E.ON has been passionate about Diversity and Inclusion for many years and has won several awards for some of our initiatives, particularly around our recruitment practices. As we think about how to progress further, we know that Diversity and Inclusion will be central to the way that our culture develops. The evidence describes the business performance uplift that Diversity and Inclusion can bring, as well as it just being “the right thing to do”.

Yet how do you embed it into the DNA of the organisation? How do you turn the principles of Diversity and Inclusion into heartfelt action, especially in times of business challenge?
During this interactive event we’ll be looking for your insights and creative thinking around Diversity and Inclusion, and will be posing some specific challenges for consideration and debate.'

Our facilitators

Claire Jamieson, Diversity Manager
and Jo Horton, Corporate Responsibility Manager at E.ON,  are focused on integrating and embedding Diversity and Inclusion and how this integrates with culture across the organisation; seeing this work as a journey which takes patience and determination. Both are particularly focused on communication, education, evaluation and embedding in the organisational context.

Professor Peter Totterdill is a Founding Director of Workplace Innovation, Visiting Professor at Kingston University London and Mykolas Romeris University Lithuania, and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bath. A passionate advocate of organisational practices that combine high performance and high quality of working life, Peter’s career as a researcher, policy advisor and consultant has focused on building bridges between academic knowledge and practice.

Rosemary Exton,
is also a Founding Director of Workplace Innovation. She builds on thirty-five years’ experience as a clinician, manager and trade unionist as well as on our international portfolio of projects involving a diverse range of companies. Rosemary has provided programme management, leadership and development training, and expert support to several organisations in the private and public sectors alike.

How to join

This event is open to Fresh Thinking Labs Members as part of a 12-month programme of knowledge-sharing and networking Open Events included in Membership. Company Standard Membership is £750 / €900 for 12 months; further flexible pricing options are available to suit your Company’s needs.

Find out more about Fresh Thinking Labs by watching our short animation and click the 'Sign Up' button below to start the registration process.

Are you interested in a day rate for this event? Find out more by getting in touch with us at info@freshthinkinglabs.com