The New Business Imperative: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Day 2 - 6th Oct | 10:45 - 11:30

Location: Sustainable Communities Theatre

People & Purpose


In addition to being the right thing to do, business leaders now see DEI as a forward-looking strategy to find and nurture talent, increase employee engagement and efficiencies, and generate profit. Yet all too often, DEI is considered as another function of the Human Resources department. While inclusive of HR and operations, for DEI to succeed, it needs to be treated as a core business strategy by the executive table, and encompassed within all levels and facets – internal and external – of an organisation.


  • Boards and CEOs are facing increasing pressure from investors and stakeholders to deliver on DEI. Why does DEI matter from a business standpoint?
  • Why is it important that executive leaders champion DEI efforts? How can decision makers drive strategies from their respective spheres of influence?
  • How should business leaders move away from one-off initiatives to infusing DEI throughout their organisations and create a strategic advantage for their businesses?

Post Event Actions

  • Gain insights on why business leaders are increasingly making DEI a priority.
  • Understand why and how executive leaders should take responsibility for exemplifying DEI cultures and gain buy-in from all levels of the company.
  • Identify why DEI is important to your business, internal teams, partners, customers and communities, and where DEI initiatives are most prominent.
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