The first UK Automotive Diversity & Inclusion Charter was launched on 29 November 2022 and today there are 23 signatories representing the full breadth of the sector. By signing the Charter, companies publicly recognise that creating a diverse and inclusive workforce is not only ethically responsible but good for business. The benefits include increasing employee satisfaction, motivation and engagement, leading to greater productivity and retention; improving decision making and problem solving; fostering greater creativity from diverse perspectives; and making companies – and the wider sector – more attractive to top talent. For more information on how to sign up please click here.
“We in the UK automotive industry believe that people are the key to our success. The scale and pace of our innovation requires a rich diversity of skills, perspectives and experience, and our future prosperity hinges on our ability to attract the best and brightest talent from across all backgrounds, ages, races, religions, genders, sexual orientations and abilities to create a workforce that represents our customers and communities. We are committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace where everyone is welcomed, respected and enabled to play their part in helping us drive the future of mobility in the UK and globally.”
Signatories pledge to:
- Create a respectful and inclusive company culture for all colleagues
- Embed DE&I policies into company values and ensure they are reflected in all communications
- Improve recruitment practices and targeting to remove bias, encourage diversity of applicants and increase the diversity of talent pipelines at every level
- Create a flexible working environment for all, with a focus on delivery*
- Support career opportunities and progression for every employee, through training, talent management, mentoring and sponsorship programmes
- Appoint a board-level DE&I champion to lead change from the top and implement line manager training
- Engage and collaborate with our suppliers and the wider automotive sector to champion diversity, equity and inclusion and share best practice
- Collect DE&I data, and report and publish our progress annually to the Automotive Council
* The Charter recognises that flexible working will look different to each organisation and may also differ from one department to another. For some, this could include remote working from another location and for others it may mean different forms of flexibility. To support with this, the Charter has identified some possible opportunities for flexible working, below. These opportunities may be particularly beneficial for roles whereby work must be completed on site, such as manufacturing of a product.
Flexible hours / shift options. Shift swapping. Compressed hours. Part-time work. Job sharing. Training to broaden staff skillsets. Coaching to support career aspirations. Developing future manufacturing processes with workforce flexibility in mind.