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New online toolkits launched to help energy sector enhance diversity and inclusion

24 May 2022

OEUK has today (Tuesday, May 24) launched two new diversity and inclusion online ‘toolkits’ at its annual conference to help energy companies navigate their D&I journey and foster inclusivity as the industry moves through the energy transition towards net zero.

The web-based materials were developed as a result of the workforce diversity and inclusion survey, which was undertaken in 2021, which provided a measure of sentiment regarding D&I within the sector whilst acting as a catalyst for progress and change.

Diversity of thought as well as differences of perspective and background continue to be key to harnessing new ideas, disruptive innovations and future ways of working that will propel the sector forward.

The new toolkits titled ‘Flexible pathways for recruitment and promotion’ and ‘Developing an inclusive and diverse leadership culture’ provide vital checklists that companies can use to record their current D&I status and develop future plans.

Dr Alix Thom, OEUK’s Workforce Engagement and Skills Manager, said:

“We are delighted to be able to launch these two key products to support our members on their D&I journey and work towards further enhancing diversity and inclusion within their individual organisations at a critical time for our sector.

“These comprehensive materials were developed on the back of the results of the employee survey we launched last year which – as the first of its kind for the sector – provided a baseline for assessing diversity sentiment.

“The results showed lower scores than average for inclusive leadership and fair promotion processes and we have acted on this by developing these crucial online tools which will help move the dial in the right direction.

“We would like to thank the members of the D&I Task Group, chaired by Findlay Anderson, for their hard work and input into developing these products and hope that they provide members with help at whatever stage they are on their D&I journey.”

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