Addison Global Joins Steering Group’s Diversity Pledge

Addison Global’s HR business partner, Andrew Gonzalez, will add his experience to the creation of a global code of practise for workplace fairness.

Accepting an invitation from BSI, the United Kingdom’s national standards agency, and the All-in Diversity Project, Gonzalez joins a Steering Group to create ‘PAS 1948: 2020 Workplace Diversity, Equality and Inclusion: A Code of Practice.’

The new standard will include corporate governance and integrity, internal policies, processes and practises, hiring, retention and growth, under-represented groups and principles such as ‘diversity of thought’ and ‘intercultural competence’ to play ‘an integral part.’

Gonzalez said of his participation: “I’ve always been passionate about ingraining diversity, inclusion and equity into the company cultures of the organisations I partner with.

“I believe the creation of PAS 1948: 2020 will assist organisations, both big and small, in creating a diversity and inclusion strategy that can be easily implemented, in order to create positive change.”

The Steering Group stressed that it aims to provide a robust tool-set to actively promote inclusive policies in the workplace, assess the impact of these measures, monitor the success of these programmes and develop strategies for continuous improvement.

“Andrew brings a global perspective and a truly human touch to the steering group that we believe will benefit all businesses who adopt this code of practice. He’s worked tirelessly on the subject matter in industries where recruiting and retaining diverse talent isn’t the easiest thing.” noted Kelly Kehn, co-founder of All-in Diversity Project.

The group’s goal is to establish the standard through a consensus-building process that includes public consultation, scheduled to be released by BSI in June 2020.

David Fatscher, head of environment, social and governance standards at BSI, added: “It is recognised that diversity is critical for an organisation’s ability to thrive and adapt in a fast-changing environment.

“The variety of perspectives that diversity brings makes it the crucial ingredient for the innovation that drives business growth. PAS 1948:2020 aims to help build a code of practice that will provide recommendations for businesses and organisations across the world to develop and sustain a workplace that supports diversity, equality, and inclusion.”