Leeds employers push for diversity

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A range of employers across Leeds have joined a campaign to promote diversity in the workplace.

Members of the business community, the third sector and Leeds City Council gathered at Leeds Civic Hall on Monday to show their commitment to inclusion and diversity.

The event was the launch day of National Inclusion Week, which is running this week.

Hosted in partnership with Inclusive Employers, the morning included speeches from the deputy leader of Leeds City Council, councillor James Lewis, chief executive Tom Riordan and assistant chief executive, James Rogers. Coun James Lewis said: “We are very passionate about ensuring people in Leeds feel valued and respected, recognising the huge importance a diverse and inclusive workforce brings to all sectors in this city. This is why we were very delighted to be given the opportunity to launch National Inclusion Week this year.”

Topics discussed included the benefits of an inclusive environment and creating equal opportunities regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, race or disability.

To show its support to the campaign, the council has been holding sessions and workshops for all staff.

Coun Lewis added: “Regardless of their age, gender, disability, religion, race or sexuality, it is vital all employers have the right information and policies in place in order to support all of their employees to thrive in the workplace.

“There is still more work to be done, but I am very pleased to see the positive response we have had from many employers in Leeds to National Inclusion Week and the importance of ensuring we have a more diverse and inclusive workforce in this city.”