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Politics of Food: compelling podcast shines light on ‘Racism in Food Media’

Inequity exists across the food industry, and people of colour are among the worst affected

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Diversity: how much progress has fmcg made?

The Black Lives Matter protests of last summer saw businesses across grocery pledge serious action on inclusion – across race, gender and sexuality. So how have those pledges translated into action?

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Online marketplace for ‘diverse entrepreneurs’ Afroposure launches

The startup will showcase food and drink brands from entrepreneurs from ethnic minority backgrounds

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How equal is grocery? The gender pay gap at the supermarkets

When UK businesses published their first mandatory reports on the gender pay gap in 2018, exclusive analysis by The Grocer revealed women were earning considerably less than men at the UK’s top supermarkets. So three years (and a global pandemic) later, what’s changed? 

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A rare catch: what it’s really like to be a female fisherman

Only 2% of fishing crew members are women, so we spoke to two commercial fishers working in UK waters to find out what life is like for female fishermen

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Today we should celebrate women in grocery – and acknowledge we have further to go

Grocery is full of innovative, brilliant women blazing trails in fmcg. But there remains a majority of men in senior roles and a pay gap between genders

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The female entrepreneurs tackling the big challenges in grocery

Here’s how female entrepreneurs are challenging the industry’s big issues through brands, inventions and initiatives

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How women can challenge themselves this International Women’s Day

Mars Pet Nutrition UK general manager Helen Warren-Piper wants to encourage women to ‘back themselves at 60%’ to level the playing field

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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