The most comprehensive D&I report into UK companies just launched

Lianna Brinded
·Head of Yahoo Finance UK
·3-min read

Major diversity and inclusion membership organisation DIAL Global and gold standard polling agency Ipsos MORI just released a benchmark report — The McKenzie-Delis Packer Review — that tracks the D&I efforts of Britain’s biggest companies.

The report, supported by the parent company of Yahoo Finance, Verizon Media, unveiled a number of key stats from the survey of 79 companies and institutions, including brands such as Boots, Tesco (TSCO.L), Natwest (NWG.L), KPMG, Diageo (DGE.L), the NHS, and the Football Association.

The full report looks at 10 distinct aspects of diversity and inclusion — ethnicity, gender, age, nationality, mental health, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, disability, religion, and parenthood. These 10 facets are considered by the network to be key areas of attention for organisations dedicated to improving workplace diversity and inclusion.

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Data for the McKenzie-Delis Packer Review was obtained through an online survey sent by Ipsos MORI to UK Employers from the private and public sectors including the FTSE 500, all NHS Foundation Trusts and public sector departments, and other private companies between June and October 2020.

Of the participating organisations: 44 are in the FTSE 500, 23 are NHS Foundation Trusts, two are public sector departments and 11 in other private sector.

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Research partners include — The Parker Review, Stonewall, Hampton Alexander Review, upReach, Centre for Ageing Better, Business Disability Forum, Equality and Human Rights Commission, Minds at Work, and Power of the Parent.

“Diversity and inclusion isn’t just about looking at one or two areas, we wanted to go beyond that and look at many different facets so we can properly track how UK companies are performing and identify areas where change is needed,” said Leila McKenzie-Delis, the founder of the review and CEO of DIAL Global.

“We are delighted so many big names stepped forward to be involved and over the coming years we aim to track how thousands of UK companies are performing.”

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The report, which was chaired by Lord Simon Woolley and Ipsos MORI’s CEO Ben Page, puts a spotlight on areas that companies need to focus on to make their firms more diverse and inclusive:

  • 89% of companies do not track their employees’ socioeconomic backgrounds

  • Only 22% of companies say they publish their ethnicity pay gap data

“I have worked nearly 30 years fighting, campaigning and lobbying for greater social and racial justice. The McKenzie-Delis Packer Review is a milestone first step when it comes to giving us a better understanding of who we are, and where we are in the diversity and inclusion space,” said Lord Simon Woolley, chairman of the MDP Review.

“The better we understand this the better we are placed to make bold and brave plans and make change happen.”

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