Did you know...
that Enterprise promotes diversity through other businesses?
At Enterprise, the battle for diversity does not stop at the front door. Alongside the huge effort to support the development of a more diverse workforce at all levels, we reach out to customers and suppliers to promote more inclusive work environments for everyone, with specific programmes for women, BAME and LGBT employees.
Over the past 12 months these initiatives have spread beyond the company boundaries to embrace wider initiatives. Enterprise sponsored the diversity category at the British Insurance Awards earlier in 2015, and Stuart Sandell, our head of UK insurance replacement division, wrote an article for Post Magazine, which is read by the insurance industry, entitled “Why Does Diversity Matter?” This article looks at the importance of recognising diversity as part of a business strategy, and how it underpins the culture and practices of successful businesses.
Enterprise sponsored research commissioned by Business In The Community (BITC) Race for Opportunity into BAME issues in the workplace. Over 23,000 people took part in what is the largest survey into race at work and this launched at the start of November as part of an on going campaign to address equal opportunities. Our European Finance Director, Daryl Scales, is on the board of Race for Opportunity, and has taken part in panel discussions and initiatives that promote diverse workplaces.
As reported in the last edition of Drive, we co-hosted a customer event with Opportunity Now, the BITC’s gender diversity campaign, to make customers aware of our diversity initiatives and why it is so important to our business.
The company is also a member of WeConnect, a global supplier diversity association that connects women owned business and corporations. It is the world’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses helping them to tender as suppliers to global and national corporations and government organisations.
Enterprise is currently sponsoring research by disability consultant Freeney Williams into the extent to which the digital world excludes those who have a physical disability. We worked with this consultancy in the development of the company’s new web site.
In Ireland, we support the employability of those with disabilities through our involvement with the Association of Higher Education, Access and Disability as well as mentoring programmes for disabled graduates. From this our team attended a reception at Áras an Uachtaráin, Ireland’s equivalent of the White House, to celebrate 10 years of support.
Regionally, our groups are taking part in a number of LGBT initiatives and sponsorships. Our participation at PRIDE 2015 has been significant with large numbers of employees taking part in events around the UK. Our Porsche from the Enterprise Exotic Car Collection in U1 was a big hit in Brighton!
“We attended nine PRIDE events and were the headline sponsor in a couple of regions,” says Ashley Hever, UK and Ireland Talent Acquisition Manager. “This is important in helping us build a diverse talent pipeline and bringing the best and brightest talent into the company.”
As Stuart Sandell wrote in his article for Post Magazine: “We want to be part of recognising and celebrating achievement in diversity because we know it is so important to business survival.”
Leigh Lafever-Ayer, UK HR director, encourages employees to talk about diversity with their customers and colleagues: “I would encourage everyone in the company to talk about our diversity practices with their customers, friends and business networks when it’s appropriate. Our diversity work is not a secret and whilst there is a lot more work to be done, we are proud of our achievements.”
She continued, “To support this message, Drive is available online and printed copies are also sent out to all those groups. Do feel free to share articles with people you know who may find them interesting.”