It’s no secret that diverse talent is good for business and by putting a strong focus on inclusion we create broader opportunities for everyone in the workplace. At OMD EMEA, we pride ourselves on delivering creative, innovative and empathic solutions for our clients. We recognise we need to ensure our workforce is made up with people from a wide variety of backgrounds to spark collaboration, raise awareness, encourage open, honest discussions and promote new ways of thinking. We also recognise our workforce has to reflect the multicultural, diverse communities in which we operate.
Our journey toward building a more open and inclusive culture meant we needed to focus on areas of under-representation with disability being one such area. The Government’s Disability Confident Scheme was a great place to start as it supports people with disabilities to gain employment and provides employers with frameworks and guidance on how we can continue to improve our approaches to attract people with disabilities.
We recognised the importance of joining the Scheme to proactively raise awareness around the challenges people with disabilities face when seeking work and to continue our journey as a flexible and inclusive employer.
By gaining our Disability Confident Committed level 1 accreditation, we have committed to actioning the following:
- Using social media, our company website and other portals to enable people to access our vacancies more easily and apply in a manner that fits their needs
- Offering work experience and internships to provide everybody with opportunities within OMD EMEA
- Continuing to deliver unconscious bias awareness training to help eliminate bias and to raise awareness
- Empowering under-represented groups to speak openly about their accomplishments and help our people learn more about each other
CEO, OMD Worldwide