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New joint research on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion released by East Midlands Chamber and emh group

New joint research, ‘Understanding attitudes and approaches to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the East Midlands’ by East Midlands Chamber and emh group found that almost half (48%) of businesses in Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire have a dedicated equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) policy in place.

Better workplaces, improved decision-making and increased innovation are among the benefits cited by East Midlands businesses that have an EDI strategy.  More than two-thirds (68%) consider EDI can contribute, at least to some degree, in the success of their business plans over the coming 12 months – while it was attributed as an important part of leadership strategy by 55% of firms.

Chan Kataria OBE, Chief Executive at emh group, said: “This research builds on our joint commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion within communities and organisations across the region.”

“The findings provide a solid platform for exploring opportunities to enhance performance on EDI.

“We see this as a starting point for showcasing engagement on EDI issues and exploring some of the barriers within specific sectors and small businesses. We look forward to further discussions with Chamber members to consider and share good practice.”

OUR GROUP