Backgrounds, brains, and the business case for diversity

Industry needs to focus on cognitive diversity

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Now is the time for financial services firms to refocus their efforts on cognitive diversity. This means looking beyond gender and ethnicity, to place emphasis on diversity of both brains and backgrounds, argue the Diversity Project’s Social Mobility workstream leads David Aujla and James Whiteman

The pandemic will teach us many lessons. Acting as a ‘portal', as writer Arundhati Roy evocatively points out, it has highlighted some grave failings embedded within our current economic system. Yet it has simultaneously allowed us to glimpse toward a greener, fairer, more inclusive society; one that values community and embraces the inherent resilience that comes from difference. However, while Covid-19 may have reinvigorated collective interest in diversity and inclusion, we should remember that there has been many a false diversity dawn. For all the positivity around the inclusi...

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