Global Recruiter UK Summit delivered unique approaches to deliver on valuable agenda.
Groundbreaking insight into diversity.
The Global Recruiter’s UK Summit held in London on Wednesday scored a success in bringing to life the challenges and successes attainable through taking a diverse approach to recruitment and employment. Targeting this crucial subject from all angles delegates enjoyed presentations and panel discussions which offered data, personal stories, case studies and more demonstrating how a diverse approach can work in the real world and unlock talent for clients and for the recruitment industry itself.
Headline sponsored by LinkedIn, the day kicked off with a keynote presentation from Alison Starmer, MD of Client Solutions, Randstad. Starmer began with a personal story concerning a relative with autism and the challenges he had faced and continues to face throughout his childhood and early student/working life. She also drew from facts and figures from a variety of sources as well as from Randstad’s own extensive research and initiatives. Encompassing gender, race, physical disability, mental health and acquired disability her message was clear: organisations must do more to address the issue until diversity is taken for granted – until there is no longer a question around whether an organisation might be missing out on the best talent for a role or excluding talent for reasons of bias.
Two panel sessions brought together the views and experiences of recruitment agency businesses and employers. In a session hosted by the REC’s CEO Neil Carberry diversity and inclusion specialists from Capgemini, Fujitsu, JLL and EY gave delegates a unique chance to find out how diversity was impacting and being supported throughout their businesses.
“This year’s Global UK Summit, gave attendees a unique opportunity to challenge and evolve their current thinking and practices around diversity and inclusion,” said James Osborne, host for the day and chairman of The Recruitment Network. “It was a very special day for many reasons, that looked at not only the legal and commercial perspective, but also getting very much underneath the moral side of why this is so important to our industry.
“Diversity and inclusion should not be optional,” Osborne concluded, “but instead a business critical item on any recruitment board’s agenda, and those who attended this year’s UK Summit will certainly walk away with greater knowledge and understanding of what steps to take next to disrupt traditional notions and working models that will see them not only set themselves apart, but also make a very important difference.”