Passionate about building a diverse, resilient and talented workforce that properly reflects the society it serves, Jaguar Land Rover has established recruitment and training programmes that attract and celebrate diversity of thought, innovation and creativity.
Having established a series of employee-led networks that shape its Diversity and Inclusivity strategy, Jaguar is delighted to collaborate with The Institute of Directors (IoD) in a series of events offering thought leadership for business leaders and their companies.
The IoD’s ‘Open House on the Road for Inclusive Business’ explores inclusivity best practice with a number of nationwide events attended by executives, entrepreneurs, government and media representatives.
It is our people that drive our business forward, they are the beating heart of our organisation. We are constantly challenging the stereotypes associated with the automotive sector, tackling biases head-on and are having incredible results. By working in collaboration with the IoD we have a unique opportunity to share our learnings and hopefully, give other employers the tools they need to implement change.
Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Jaguar Land Rover
The IoD’s ‘Open House on the Road for Inclusive Business’ 2019 events schedule is below and full details, including how to book tickets, are available at:
- Manchester 16-May Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel
- Birmingham 18-Sep National Conference Centre
- Cambridge 25-Sep Imperial War Museum
- Newcastle 16-Oct Jesmond Dene House
- London 08-Nov Grange St Paul's Hotel
Jaguar Land Rover has eight employee-led networks including The Pride - LGBTQ network, The Gender Equality Network, and B.A.M.E (Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic) and Black Professionals Networks.
Each network has been created by employees from across Jaguar Land Rover to provide support for colleagues, input into Jaguar Land Rover’s Diversity and Inclusion strategy, delivery of that strategy and active mentoring and sponsorship for the development of its workforce.
Jaguar Land Rover’s Pride Network supported Birmingham Pride and National Coming Out day in 2018, and to coincide with International Transgender Visibility Day on March 31st 2019, launched ‘Transitioning at Work’ guidelines. The guidelines, for employees and line managers, provide support and guidance for colleagues considering transitioning to their preferred gender, or are in the process of transitioning and ensures procedural consistency so that no current or prospective colleague is subjected to discrimination or victimisation as a result of their expression of gender identity.
The Gender Equality Network was launched in June 2018 to focus on growing an inclusive and gender-balanced workplace, tackling unconscious bias in particular. Jaguar Land Rover invests in leadership development for female colleagues in partnership with The Pipeline via its Leadership Summit and Top Flight programmes to empower women across its business.
Jaguar Land Rover’s Black Professionals Employee Network recently hosted a keynote speech by academic and award-winning documentary film maker Dr. Robert Beckford as part of its drive to embed diverse business practices across its organisation. The Black Professionals & B.A.M.E Employee Network is supported by Jaguar Land Rover’s senior-level Black, Asian and minority ethnic managers, who provide coaching on motivation, reverse-mentoring and career progression.