The way we work
The Diversity Project is a community interest company (CIC) with its own board of directors. The board oversees the running of the CIC in terms of its finances and ensuring that it is operating in line with its mission.
An Advisory Council (AC), made up of CEOs or equivalent, meets every 2-3 months. Its function is to provide input on the priorities for the Diversity Project and to offer support and guidance to the workstreams. As key decision-makers in their firms, they can take recommendations back into their organisations and effect change. See list of AC members here.
The Steering Committee (SC), made up of representatives of all member firms, meets every two months. Its job is to provide input, support and provide leadership for the workstreams. Its members are encouraged to offer case studies of what they have tried in their own organisations and to take recommendations back into their firms. See list of SC members here.
The workstreams comprise employees of member firms who are passionate about a specific aspect of diversity and/or inclusion. They can co-opt other people onto their groups including Diversity Project Ambassadors. They frequently partner with third party organisations who can offer specific expertise. Workstreams typically meet once a month to discuss progress and workstream leads meet every two months to share progress and ensure that any overlaps are addressed.
The workstreams are largely self-organising. They determine their goals and objectives each year and decide what recommendations to make and what events they will run to raise awareness or create networking opportunities. The current workstream structure is shown here . They are also responsible for populating the relevant Aspects of D&I page (Ethnicity, Gender, Neurodiversity, LGBT+, Returners, SMART Working, Young hires) with guidance, case studies, role models and links to useful information and organisations.
On a quarterly basis the Diversity Project produces an eNewsletter. Sign up here if you would like to be added to our mailing list.
How to get involved
There are five ways to get involved.
- At a business level - through declaring your firm’s support, providing volunteers, expertise and/or a donation to help fund the work.
- CEO/Chair Advisory Council - individual leaders who are committed to the goals and can influence their businesses.
- Steering Committee - suitable for those who are willing to devote time and effort to developing and leading workstreams, and who are at a sufficiently senior level to represent their firms.
- Workstream participation – suitable for those who are willing to get involved in specific efforts and who may be at any level in their organisation.
- Ambassadors – individuals who are prepared to offer time and expertise to help with speaking at schools, universities or business schools or who may wish to host networking events or mentor.
Please email us at: [email protected] if you would like to help.