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How can companies drive diversity and see the benefits faster?

We proactively encourage and support network groups on disability, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality and strongly believe that if you start with inclusion and get that right, diversity will follow, says Paul Graham, MD of Britvic and vice-president of the British Soft Drinks Association

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Food and drink must do more to welcome young black people into the industry

Time and again black founders find it impossible to break into the industry, says Sam Akinluyi, founder of not-for-profit retail innovation accelerator Add Psalt

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Co-op pledges £500k to apprenticeship drive for underrepresented young people

The fund will create opportunities for people most disadvantaged due to systemic prejudice or economic deprivation

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Women in Wholesale becomes part of the Federation of Wholesale Distributors

Elit Rowland will retain ownership of WiW and will continue to organise the group’s annual events

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How grocery is getting diversity and inclusion wrong

How are communities and genuine cultural experts consulted on commitments, campaigns and products, asks Mallika Basu, founder of Basu Consulting

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GroceryAid to host diversity and inclusion event in October

D&I in Grocery Live will take place on 14 October at Wembley Stadium

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M&S introduces staff training programme to support customers with disabilities

The course is part of M&S’s goal to become a more inclusive retailer

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Why industry should consider the ‘purple pound’ amid pandemic restructures

Advances in disability inclusivity could also be a powerful market differentiator, says Perran Jervis, partner and head of retail and consumer goods at UK law firm TLT

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Sainsbury’s uses Channel 4 documentary in diversity training

The supermarket is showing its employees The Talk, which sees a selection of black British celebrities share experiences of racism

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Just 5% of meat sector CEO roles held by women, research reveals

The research for Meat Business Women also found that women made up just 36% of the total meat industry workforce 

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JLP launches black employee advisory board to ensure food reflects inclusivity

The “black partner advisory group” will assess JLP’s current lines including its food and fashion ranges

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Co-op to grow BAME representation in its leadership team

Co-op wants to ensure 10% of its 600-strong leadership team would be from black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds by 2025

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The Black Farmer to feature black British heroes on new sausage lines

The brand has launched two new Caribbean-inspired sausages to mark Black History Month in October

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Booths introduces hidden disability lanyard scheme

The move follows Sainsbury’s and Tesco rolling out similar schemes in 2019

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Black Lives Matter: black founders open up about race in the food & drink industry

Black food and drink founders talk to The Grocer about the struggles faced in their entrepreneurial journeys due to their skin colour

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Food and drink brands should take a stand against racism

It is essential we go beyond talk and look at the underlying structures in the industry, says Andrew Hunt, co-founder of Aduna

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In taking a stand against racism, tea brands are leading the way in fmcg

Powerful brands have a right – one might even say an obligation – to use their vast resources for good

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Black Lives Matter - and the food industry must not be silent on the issue

Senior executives must stand up and make a difference, says The Black Farmer founder Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones

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Why 2020 is the year brand purpose gets political

Companies rolling out campaigns that call for systemic change must do so with integrity, says Eleanor O’Leary, The Better Brand Consultant

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Co-op CEO Murrells publishes response to ‘horrific’ George Floyd killing

Murrells said he felt “compelled” to let all the Co-op colleagues know “I care deeply about you”