Established in 2017, the Agri-Food Diversity & Inclusion Forum (AgDiF) is a collaborative initiative with industry, led by Bord Bia and Aon, in partnership with The 30% Club. The objective of this initiative is to position the Irish food and drinks sector as the industry of choice for Ireland’s best talent at all levels and across all fields of discipline.
The advisory group and taskforce determined that one of the first actions of the initiative was to conduct research to measure current gender equality metrics across the industry, and to understand current challenges with progressing the diversity & inclusion agenda.
Download the report - Diversity & Inclusion in the Irish Food and Drinks Sector: Women in business".
The results of our survey clearly highlighted the varying degrees of diversity & inclusion knowledge and implementation across the Irish food and drinks sector.
Common D&I Toolkit
A common toolkit is needed to ensure we enhance these capabilities across the board.
This first toolkit, provides guidance on building the business case for your diversity & inclusion strategy and help in defining your measures of success.
It offers guidance on how to implement diversity & inclusion considerations into recruitment processes. This includes guidance on topics including;
- Achieving a balanced slate of candidates
- Writing a gender-neutral role profile
- Interview techniques
- Ensuring a balanced interviewing panel
It explores metrics such as the profile of your workforce as it relates to not only gender, but ethnicity, nationality, age and other areas.
Additionally the toolkit will serve as a handbook to guide your thinking on talent development in all its guises. Such as mentoring, coaching, training and creating the right conditions in your work environment to foster and nurture diversity & inclusion. The toolkit also address driving improvements in leadership and developing talent pipeline strategies which are built on a foundation of unbiased and fair recruiting processes.
This toolkit is ever evolving and reflects the pace and thinking that is occurring in this space. It is a starting point to elevate new ways of working and we welcome feedback and collaboration to expand on this current iteration.