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Equity, diversity and inclusion Taking a stand

You don’t need to look far to see the need for action to build a fairer and more socially inclusive world.

This issue relates to the following Sustainable Development Goals

  • Gender equality
  • Reduced inequalities

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Inequality is pervasive, but change is possible

Business can lead the fight for a more equal, diverse and inclusive society.

Young woman wearing pink boxing gloves leaning back on the ropes of a boxing ring

We still have more than 250 years to go before women achieve parity with men in economic participation and opportunity.

People in LGBTQI+ communities still experience discrimination and persecution. Opportunities continue to be denied to people with disabilities, and they are more likely to experience low incomes or unemployment.

Social injustice and marginalisation continue to hold people back, simply because of their race or ethnicity.

Building back more equitably

Inequalities are deep-rooted and pervasive. They are often compounded by adverse social norms and stereotypes. And they blight millions of people’s lives each day.

We can lose no time in tackling these inequalities – because all the evidence is that if no action is taken, Covid-19 will make things worse. It will turn back the clock on the progress that has been made in recent decades and obstruct the vision of a world where 'no one is left behind'.

We can’t be bystanders. Everyone who believes in a more just, more equitable society needs to work together to make things change.

For us, that means stepping up to fight harder for equity, diversity and inclusion – within our business, and in society as a whole.

Time to rethink what 'fairness' means

We've always prided ourselves on our work to foster inclusion and diversity through our business.

We've made significant progress towards gender balance – and we’ve set our sights on achieving diverse representation at all levels of leadership. We've set out our ambition to be the number one employer for people with disabilities. We've reached millions of women in our supply and distribution chains with programmes aimed at empowering them, and their communities. And we've used the Unstereotype initiative to tear up harmful norms in advertising, and in our workplace.

But it's clear we need to do much more – within our business, and by using our size, scale and partnerships in our value chain and beyond.

Because unconscious bias still casts a shadow over our workplaces. Barriers still prevent people from marginalised groups from fulfilling their potential in our value chain. People can still watch our advertising and, despite our progress, still not see their lives fully reflected.

We're determined to change that.