How do we do this?During 2020, we undertook various initiatives towards these aims. Many of our teams received unconscious bias awareness training. We also appointed a global equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) lead, who heads a network of EDI ambassadors to ensure consistency of implementation of EDI practices, while taking local knowledge, cultural differences and political and socio-economic considerations into account. Employee networks for disability, LGBTQ+ and diverse ethnic backgrounds have been launched to share best practice and gain understanding of every individual’s lived experience. These networks are not exclusive, they welcome all allies who help drive change to ensure inclusivity towards all employees. We are encouraging open conversations around diversity, inclusion and equality. We are aware there is still much to do but we believe a good start is awareness of thoughts, actions and language.
In Southern Africa we sponsored the first virtual GirlCode hackathon in. GirlCode seeks to empower girls through technology, encouraging them to get involved with technology design, development and leadership. The non-stop coding event focused on building solutions to challenges connected with the COVID-19 pandemic.