by RICHARD PURCELL & CHRISTOPHER SEEKINGS
Originally published: April 13, 2017
With just over an hour to go before the IFoA’s debate, chaired by Chika Aghadiuno and introduced by former president Nick Salter, on harnessing the power of diversity and inclusion at work, entitled ‘The Carrot, the Stick and Strategies for Success’, we have an opportunity to question the guest speakers as they prepare for the main event.
Beginning with the benefits of diversity; Angela Darlington believes these are obvious in the context of effective risk management. She notes the importance of hearing challenges: “The main benefit is that you get diversity of thought, so having people who think differently and can challenge each other is a huge advantage in the modern world, and I think that is true in any industry.”
Fellow panelist Suki Sandhu believes that it is more than just good business sense: “With diversity and inclusion there is so much research to present a business case – with increased productivity, creativity, innovation – that sometimes we simply forget it is the right thing to do, it’s part of being human; welcoming your employees and making them feel like they belong.”