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A.F. Blakemore Celebrates Equality, Inclusion and Diversity

October 25, 2017

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Colleagues across A.F. Blakemore have showcased the importance of equality, inclusion and diversity as part of a series of commemorative events to celebrate 100 years in business.

The company’s Equality, Inclusion and Diversity Week, which ran from October 16th to 20th, featured a series of colleague and community activities to celebrate equality, inclusion and diversity in the workplace and their importance in growing a sustainable business for the next 100 years.

Events included colleague visits to a Sikh ethos school and refugee support charity as well as a presentation by Group HR Director Ian Diment at the Women in Wholesale conference in London.

The week also featured a series of communications encouraging staff to think about equality, inclusion and diversity in the workplace.

Group Board Director Caoire Blakemore commented: “The purpose of the week was to highlight the importance of equality and inclusiveness in the workplace and to celebrate the vibrancy of our diverse workforce.

“Allowing all the opportunity to flourish at A.F. Blakemore is fundamental in building a stronger and more sustainable business for the future and is central to our values.”

On October 18th, colleagues currently on the company’s Graduate Scheme visited Sikh ethos school The Khalsa Academy Wolverhampton to promote graduate opportunities at A.F. Blakemore.

The volunteers shared experiences and engaged students in a series of activities based around graduate roles in the food and drink industry.

Community Affairs Officer Liz Blakemore, who organised the event, commented: “The day was a lot of fun and it was fantastic to see the students inspired to think about their future careers and really engaging with the graduates about their roles.”

At the Women in Wholesale conference in London on October 19th, Group HR Director Ian Diment joined colleagues from across A.F. Blakemore and the wider wholesale sector to outline the company’s approach to equality, inclusion and diversity and share plans for the future.

At the forefront of the presentation was A.F. Blakemore’s new EID action plan, which will include workshops focussed on promoting the benefits of a diverse and inclusive workforce that will be rolled out to the management team in 2018.

As part of a series of communications throughout the week, a quiz was launched to encourage colleagues to think about the topic of equality, inclusion and diversity. Staff were also invited to feed back their views on how the company can make the workplace more inclusive.

Colleagues also took part in a Seeing is Believing insight event with Smethwick-based charity Brushstrokes, which supports thousands of local refugees, to research how the company can help the cause.

The charity helps people seeking asylum from all over the world to establish a place of safety in the UK by providing food and clothing, as well as offering English language courses and career advice.

The week ended with ‘Foodie Friday’, where all staff were encouraged to share family recipes and bring a dish of their choice into work to appreciate with colleagues. Recipes can be emailed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) until the end of the year. 

Staff were also invited to take photos of their hands, which will be used to create the company’s new EID logo.

Concluding the week of activities, Caoire added: “Ensuring that we are embracing equality and diversity to the best of our ability is not just the morally right thing to do, but, as many academic studies have shown, becoming a more diverse thinking business will also improve the profitability of the company.” 
 

Here is a selection of photos of A.F. Blakemore's graduate visit to The Khalsa Academy Wolverhampton:

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AFB Group HR Director Ian Diment presented at the Women in Wholesale conference in London: 

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 Colleagues enjoyed dishes from around the world on 'Foodie Friday': 

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