Wolves officials have taken the West Midlands Combined Authority’s Inclusive Leadership Pledge, joining other Black Country businesses in committing to tackle the lack of diversity at the very top of major companies and public bodies.
Head of human resources Zoe Brough was joined by HR & payroll advisor Emma Alcock and disability access officer Laura Wright at the University of Wolverhampton to make the club’s pledge in front of an audience of Black Country business leaders.
Zoe Brough made the following pledges on behalf of Wolves:
- We will diversity monitor staff, fans, players and community participants to analyse where we have gaps in representation
- We will create an Equality Action Plan for the next three years
- We have and will continue to set responsibility for equality at our Board level
- We will create pipelines for young, diverse talent in the region
The Inclusive Leadership Pledge is the result of a hard-hitting report called Leaders Like You, published last summer by the independent West Midlands Leadership Commission.
The report focused on the current and future leadership opportunities of black and ethnic minority communities, women, the LGBT community, disabled people and lower social economic groups such as white, working class males.
The Commission warned that the lack of diversity at leadership level risked damaging the region's economy and wider society and called on leaders to ensure diversity in their workplaces, identify, mentor and coach talent to produce future leaders.
The WMCA is now aiming to get 1,000 businesses and organisations to sign up to the Pledge over the coming 12 months.