Mon, 19 Oct 2020 10:36:25 GMT
Havas UK has reaffirmed its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion with the appointment of a new DE&I executive committee and the launch of an ambitious new charter, setting out the business’ commitments over the next five years.
Part of Havas’ global commitment to driving better representation, the committee comprises a diverse range of senior leaders from across Havas’ UK businesses, including Stephanie Marks (managing director, Havas Media London), Faye Raincock (communications director, Havas UK), Tamara Greene (global brand director, Havas Creative Group), Ewen Macpherson (chief people officer, Havas UK) and Bukola Garry (diversity and inclusion manager, Havas UK).
Reporting into global CEO, Havas creative and CEO, Havas UK Chris Hirst, it has been tasked with reviewing, developing and governing the UK group’s new 10-point charter, which includes the following pledges:
^ Marginalised and minoritised communities.
All the CEOs across Havas’ UK businesses have committed to the pledges contained in this charter, with the targets it outlines becoming formal KPIs. Spanning the next five years – including annual progress reports – it outlines the overarching principles which underpin Havas UK’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
The charter builds upon the group’s existing ‘All In’ programme driven by Garry, which has produced numerous initiatives aimed at furthering diversity and inclusion in all its guises. These include: Partnerships with Havas’ local London authorities (Camden and Islington) as part of their STEAM programming, aimed at raising awareness to Black, Asian & minority ethnic talent entering the industry; partnerships with businesses such as Blanguage, now based out of Havas’ King’s Cross Village; HKX Platform, a placement scheme specifically targeting underrepresented talent; Press Pause, an anti-discrimination initiative that provides a robust, formal framework through which employees can challenge problematic views and behaviours; Fishtank, an incubator programme supporting black businesses; and various employee and client-facing DE&I workshops and education programmes.
Chris Hirst, global CEO, Havas Creative and CEO, Havas UK says: “Proper commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is not just the right thing to do – it will also make our work better and more relevant, keep Havas competitive and help attract both talent and clients alike. Indeed, the most diverse companies are now more likely than ever to outperform financially. Change in this area is not just the domain of HR departments – it requires genuine buy-in from the top. That’s why I’m pleased to appoint this senior, cross-agency committee, dedicated specifically to furthering DE&I, and proud to unveil our charter for the years ahead, both of which have the full support of group and individual agency leadership teams.”
Bukola Garry, diversity and inclusion manager and founding member of Havas’ UK DE&I committee, adds: “Through this charter, we recognise the Government’s six strands of equality and diversity: race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, age and religion. These pillars form the foundations of our approach to making our business more reflective of the society we operate in. Our priority is to include marginalised and minoritised communities by raising their visibility, removing the barriers they face and creating more opportunities for them to thrive in our business. We’re making good progress in many areas, but there remains much work to be done. It is this committee’s responsibility to ensure that it is.”
This launch forms part of Havas Group’s global DE&I strategy, and follows Havas North America’s similarly ambitious Commit to Change plan and the creation of a North America DE&I advisory committee comprised of senior leaders from the Creative, Media, and Health networks, earlier this summer.