The Inaugural EDI Maturity Curve Awards – March 2024

On the evening of the 11th March we hosted our inaugural EDI Maturity Curve awards. With over 40 leading brands having completed the EDI Maturity Curve assessment, we wanted to take the opportunity to come together, share the headline insights and celebrate organisations that are best in class.

The EDI Maturity Curve offers a comprehensive snapshot of how mature your organisation is in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). Designed in conjunction with the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice at Oxford Brookes University, the curve allows you to set a clear roadmap from where you are to where you want to be in each of the key inclusion dimensions including Employee Journey, Stakeholders and Leadership.

Guests heard from inclusion in CEO Tea Colaianni who shared the headline findings from the initial submissions including the overall industry picture, as well as a more detailed look at the Hospitality, Travel and Leisure sector in comparison to the Retail sector.

While most organisations are well underway with their EDI policies and practices, Tea highlighted the importance of measurement tools when it comes to business impact. She encouraged guests to clearly correlate the benefits that diverse teams and thinking can bring to an organisation.

Guests also heard from Raj Jones, Head of DE&I at Sodexo who shared learnings from their own EDI journey including how to achieve buy-in from senior leadership, which in turn helps to set the culture for the wider business. With active Employee Network Groups (ENGs) and innovative policies aimed at improving equity, Raj offered valuable insights that others could take back and implement at their own organisations.

Ahead of the awards ceremony, several HR leaders shared their experiences of the EDI Maturity Curve assessment and the value it’s brought to their organisations.

Natalie Trumper, Director of People & Culture at Monica Vinader advised “Don’t be afraid, just do it. It’s a really useful tool and helps validate what you’re already doing.”

Claire Wright, Chief People Officer at Jardine Motors said “It enables you to hold the mirror up to your business and helps you to discuss EDI with your senior leadership team. It’s also great for the grass roots people (such as those working in the committees) to show the impact they’re making.”

Thoko Zondo, Inclusion & Diversity Lead at Nando’s UK & Ireland said “In business we would always do a SWOT analysis on initiatives so why wouldn’t we do the same for our EDI strategy? The EDI Maturity Curve is not something we should do, it’s something we must do.”

For the awards, organisations deemed “Leading Edge” were celebrated for their efforts across the core components of the EDI Maturity Curve including Employee Journey, Stakeholders and Leadership. We also awarded one organisation the top overall accreditation – Platinum.

Winners:Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to everyone that has completed the assessment so far. It is only through measurement and monitoring that we will be able to collectively achieve equitable workplaces for all.

The EDI Maturity Curve has been designed to give an ongoing and ever-evolving view of your organisation’s EDI status. For more information, or to apply to complete your assessment please contact: info@inclusionin.com