Six ways businesses can do a better job on diversity and inclusion

first_imgAt the inaugural Diversity and Inclusion in Grocery event last week industry big hitters shared their advice on how to build a more diverse business,There was a real buzz of optimism at the inaugural Diversity & Inclusion in Grocery event last week.What had begun as a small idea, to bring together a few engaged men and women to discuss the topic, had morphed into an event attended by just shy of 1,000 people at Wembley Stadium. All were visibly engaged in what they were hearing. From the first coffee there were groups huddled together animatedly swapping stories and personal experiences. Others sat studiously taking notes at afternoon workshops and asking detailed questions of businesses.It was a day where rival companies removed their armour and agreed, for one day at least, that they shared the same goal. As Louise Stigant, UK managing director for Mondelez International, put it: “As we look out to 2024 we’re facing into a talent gap of about 130,000 people. If we want to attract and retain talent we have to lead the way in D&I, and be open to the broadest population of talent. If we stay where we are, we’ll struggle.”So, with that in mind, here are six key insights from the day to help all businesses do a better job on diversity.1. The right thing to do is also a business imperativeWe’ve all heard the statistics that prove beyond a shadow of a doubt diverse businesses perform better, record greater profit and make better decisions than those with homogenous teams. But for good measure, many speakers spelled out the business imperative behind D&I initiatives.Not least as “we live in a world of transparency,” said Jill Standish, senior managing director for retail at Accenture. “Consumers can see who is on your board, they can see the advertising of your products and the type of people that work in your store. If you don’t have an inclusive culture, if you don’t have people that are diverse in your marketing or merchandising department, you might make serious mistakes. And those mistakes can be seriously costly.”Making the business case also helps bring everyone on board, added Mary Barnard, senior vice president for special projects at Mondelez International. “It isn’t just the right thing to do, but a business priority. Whether about serving consumers, or talent attraction and retention, putting some hard numbers against it has really helped shift the ‘fence sitters’ off the fence. And once you can engage the full organisation you can really start to move things forward.”2. We all have unconscious biases Be it in recruitment, management style or how we run meetings, unconscious bias is at play in every facet of a business. “They’re very much part of human nature, but they limit human potential,” said Ranya Shamoon, vice president for babycare Europe at Procter & Gamble. “They create stereotypes about people and about situations so [at P&G] we’re trying to become aware of our biases, and focus not on what separates us but on what brings us together. That’s the way forward.”This awareness “can lead to very small behaviour changes,” she went on. “Maybe you become a bit more conscious of how long you talk in a meeting and how that limits others from participating. Or maybe you become conscious about finishing a meeting a bit earlier so that parents can go and pick up their kids from school. It’s not rocket science, it’s small gestures, but ones that can really help us move together.”3. Look again at the status quoIn trying to understand why there weren’t more female store managers at Tesco, its Ireland CEO Kari Daniels held focus groups and spoke to staff to understand what the obstacles were. “We listened to how a single mum would wake her sleeping baby and toddler up at 5am to drive to her mother’s in order to get to the store to open it at 6am. Because that was the job description for a store manager. But it’s perfectly within our gift to think about how other people can open the store and help this lady balance being a great mother with a career at Tesco.”It demonstrated that “sometimes our structure and legacy processes conspire against an inclusive organisation.”4. Ask and you might getMany of the high-profile women on stage recalled examples of asking for promotions, relocations or more flexibility in their roles. Don’t wait to be tapped on the shoulder, advised Barnard. “If you don’t ask you don’t get. Ask for what you want. Sometimes you’ll be surprised how many times you get it.“Really think about what you want, whether it’s greater flexibility, part-time working, an international assignment – ask for what you want. Particularly for women it’s something we don’t do well enough. We wait to be tapped on the shoulder, we wait for our performance to be recognised and don’t go out there and ask for what we want.”5. It’s about philosophy, not strategy At least that’s the approach taken to D&I at Coca-Cola European Partners, said its vice president and general manager Leendert den Hollander. “Like many companies we started with gender diversity. We had a fantastic, well-attended women’s network, and while we made progress we didn’t feel we were moving the needle. The key thing for us was that it wasn’t about diversity alone. It’s about creating a culture where everyone feels they can contribute. So we had to move to a culture of inclusion.”As part of that, “we tried to identify how it feels, or how we want it to feel, working at CCEP. We came up with the mantra: ‘Be yourself. Be valued. Belong.’ It’s a philosophy, not a strategy. A strategy you can agree or disagree with, a philosophy you can’t. You can’t opt out. If you don’t believe [in the mantra] that’s an issue.”6. Don’t underestimate the value of mentors Whether you become one, or find one, a number of speakers spelled out the difference a good mentor can make. For Stigant they “helped me shift from trying to fit in and be what I thought others expected of me, to being me. It’s seeing how the value you bring, and that the difference that you bring, can be where that value is. That helps you, those around you and the businesses you operate in succeed even more.”Summed up Daniels: “All of us have a responsibility to be role models and mentors and sponsor and nurture the talent coming through our organisations.”,Megan Tatumlast_img read more

Dodgers say ‘extra rest’ led to choice of Hyun-Jin Ryu over Clayton Kershaw for NLDS opener

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “It’s always easy to have Clayton on regular (rest) or have Clayton go 120 pitches or 125 pitches because he’s Clayton Kershaw. And he’s earned it. And he’s the best pitcher we have, and he’s shown it throughout his entire career,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.“The more responsible thing to the team and the organization is to do what’s right for the player and the team. And so it’s not always popular, but it’s something that we thought through a lot, and the decisions that I made throughout the year and the decisions we make on the roster reflect that. So regardless of how it plays out, we feel that this gives us the best chance to win in the first two games.”The deciding factor was being able to start each pitcher on extra rest (five days for both), Roberts said, and recognizing that “Game 1 is important, but so is Game 2.” The Dodgers started a pitcher on more than four days’ rest in 107 of 163 regular-season games.The Ryu-Kershaw move might be of more symbolic importance than strategic value. Kershaw will still be available to pitch an elimination game in Game 5 on regular rest if necessary – or start Game 1 of the next round on extra rest if the Dodgers eliminate the Braves early.“Well, everything is going to be on the table at that point in time,” Roberts said. “The only thing that’s guaranteed is the first three games. So if we get to that point, then we’ll have a discussion.” How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire PreviousAtlanta Braves warm up during baseball practice Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, in Los Angeles for Thursday’s Game 1 of the team’s National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu will start for the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Clayton Kershaw, right, with Rich Hill, left, of the Los Angeles Dodgers during a workout prior to game one of National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsRich Hill of the Los Angeles Dodgers plays around with his son Brice prior to workout prior to game one of National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Rich Hill of the Los Angeles Dodgers plays around with his son Brice prior to workout prior to game one of National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Andrew Friedman is the President of Baseball Operations of the Los Angeles Dodgers, left, as Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers walks past during a workout prior to game one of National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)A quiet Dodger stadium before the workout prior to game one of National League Division Series between the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during a workout prior to game one of National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during a workout prior to game one of National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Brice Hill son of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill chases a baseball during a workout prior to game one of National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers speaks to the media during a workout prior to game one of National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during a workout prior to game one of National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Rich Hill of the Los Angeles Dodgers plays around with his son Brice prior to workout prior to game one of National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers during a workout prior to game one of National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw takes batting practice during a workout prior to Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium. Kershaw will start Game 2 of the best-of-five series, which begins Thursday night. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Dave Roberts #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during a workout prior to game one of National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during a workout prior to game one of National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)during a workout prior to game one of National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Rick Honeycutt #40 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during a workout prior to game one of National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during a workout prior to game one of National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during a workout prior to game one of National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)during a workout prior to game one of National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Andrew Friedman is the President of Baseball Operations of the Los Angeles Dodgers during a workout prior to game one of National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during a workout prior to game one of National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during a workout prior to game one of National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Manny Machado, left, along with teammates Matt Kemp and Justin Turner during a workout prior to game one of National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, left, with Enrique Hernandez during a workout prior to game one of National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Manny Machado, left, along with teammates Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig during a workout prior to game one of National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, left, with Max Muncy during a workout prior to game one of National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Chase Utley of the Los Angeles Dodgers during a workout prior to game one of National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, right, with Enrique Hernandez during a workout prior to game one of National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers during a workout prior to game one of National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves during a workout prior to game one of National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen throws a ball during practice Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, in Los Angeles, ahead of Thursday’s Game 1 of the team’s National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Atlanta Braves coach Ron Washington, right, works with Charlie Culberson during a workout prior to game one of National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts watches his players during baseball practice Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, in Los Angeles for Thursday’s Game 1 of the team’s National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Atlanta Braves Eric Young with his son Dallas Young as teammate Ozzie Albies #1 takers a picture during a workout prior to game one of National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Atlanta Braves warm up during baseball practice Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, in Los Angeles for Thursday’s Game 1 of the team’s National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu will start for the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 37Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu will start for the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Hyun-Jin Ryu and Clayton Kershaw passed each other at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday – and in the rotation.“Yesterday when I came in to work out, I asked Kersh if he was going to start Game 1, and he told me I was going to start Game 1 and he was going to start Game 2,” Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu said Wednesday, admitting that he had some idea that might not be the case. “From that point on, I was more focused on making sure I could do well tomorrow. So there wasn’t really like a huge conversation between me and Kersh.”The Dodgers have given Kershaw the ball every time they could in a significant game for years now – a franchise-record eight consecutive Opening Day starts, Game 1 in eight of a possible 10 postseason series since 2009. The only two times he didn’t start in Game 1 were the 2013 and 2016 National League Championship Series because he had pitched in the closeout game of the previous round.This time, though, the Dodgers will go with Ryu in Game 1 against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday despite the fact that Kershaw will have the standard four days’ rest since his most recent start (Saturday in San Francisco). Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Kershaw did not talk to the media at Wednesday’s workout, but the decision couldn’t have been easy for him to accept.“Clayton’s been very good with accepting whatever we ask of him,” Roberts said. “Obviously, he wanted to pitch Game 1 and expected to, but after talking to him and explaining our thoughts, he accepted it and he just said he’ll be ready to go for the second game.”Ryu will be making his first postseason appearance since 2014 – before elbow and shoulder surgeries sidetracked him for most of two seasons. He said he was gratified just to be on the playoff roster.“I’m very happy that the team trusted me and I would like to say that I’m going to go full throttle from the very first pitch in the very first inning tomorrow, make sure that I get my job done as the starting pitcher and put the team in the position where it can win,” Ryu said through his interpreter.“I’m going to make sure that from the very first pitch I’m very focused and concentrated.”ON THE SIDELINESShortstop Corey Seager was at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday continuing his rehab from hip and elbow surgeries this year.Seager said he was “excited” recently when he was cleared to take his workouts onto an elliptical for the first time since surgery to repair the labrum in his left hip. He continues to progress from Tommy John surgery and is on track to start a throwing program at some point this month.Seager said he still expects to be ready to play on Opening Day next spring.BRAVES CHOICESBraves manager Brian Snitker said veteran right-hander Anibal Sanchez will start Game 2 against the Dodgers. But he has not named the remaining starters he will use in this series.“We’re kind of going to do as we’ve done in the past through the course of the year – just kind of wait and see how we get there,” he said of Game 3 in Atlanta.The Braves also have a decision to make on Dansby Swanson. The 24-year-old shortstop partially tore a ligament in his left hand and has not played since Sept. 25. It’s unlikely he makes the roster for the NLDS but the Braves have not ruled him out yet.“He’s still getting treatment,” Snitker said. “I’m not real optimistic right now. … The doctors are still at him and trying things today. But it’s still kind of a long shot.”Related Articleslast_img read more

Aanchal Thakur wins India’s first international skiing medal, PM Modi hails her on Twitter

first_imgAanchal Thakur, a 21-year-old skier from Manali, has brought India’s first-ever international medal in skiing.Thakur has bagged third position in the coveted Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup, in Erzurum, Turkey, which is organised by Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS). She won bronze in slalom race category.Finally something unexpected happened. My first ever international medal.�??? Federation International Ski Race (FIS). At the end turkey served me well �???�???.PC- @alwyncreed #strangethingshappen #skiteamindia #onehimachal #himalayangirls pic.twitter.com/pjkSddCpi5- Aanchal Thakur (@alleaanchal) January 9, 2018Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore also expressed their wishes on Twitter. Well done @alleaanchal for winning an international medal in skiing! The entire nation is ecstatic on your historic accomplishment at the FIS International Skiing Competition in Turkey. Wishing you the very best for your future endeavours.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 10, 2018Congrats Aanchal Thakur @alleaanchal for the Slalom Skiing Bronze in the FIS International Skiing Competition in Turkey.India opens account by a first ever medal in skiing �??�Well done! @jairamthakurbjp pic.twitter.com/vhTReuJwyl- Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) January 10, 2018Roshan Thakur, Aanchal’s father who works as the secretary general of the Winter Games Federation of India, told TOI Aanchal’s victory is a “breakthrough for the sport in India,”. “The entire skiing fraternity is proud of her achievement,” he said. “I hope Aanchal’s medal helps our cause (in getting financial support from the Centre).”Aanchal is said to have learned skiing from her father, and later was trained by Olympian Heera Lal.last_img read more