Sharon Colgan, Marketing Manager, Origin Green Programme, Bord Bia – Irish Food Board
The Agri-Food Diversity & Inclusion Forum (AgDIf) has created a new series of Masterclasses aiming to equip Irish food and drink companies with the knowledge and know-how to implement diversity and inclusion (D&I) initiatives in the workplace to attract and retain the best talent for our industry. Established in 2017, AgDIf is a collaborative initiative with industry led by Bord Bia and Aon, in partnership with The 30% Club. The aim 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 first Masterclass in the series will be held on April 3rd in Bord Bia offices from 8am to 9.45am. Malcom Sheil, CEO of the Kerry Group Europe & Russia and Margot Slattery, Country Manager, Sodexo will share their companies D&I success strategies. AgDIf will provide details on their D&I Toolkit and upcoming Masterclasses.
With Ireland almost at full employment, the food and drinks sector continues to compete with other industries for the best talent. 82% of CEOs in the sector believe their business is either somewhat or significantly challenged in attracting, retaining and developing staff, according to a recent survey conducted by the Agri-Food Diversity and Inclusion Forum (AgDIf).
This survey also highlights the opportunity for greater gender balance in the Agri-Food & Drink sector: while men and women are equally represented at middle management level, men are significantly more represented at Board of Director level (64%) than women (36%) and at junior level, 61% were female. Supported by the evidence that gender diversity delivers improved business results, the current focus of the forum is on women in the workplace.
Did you know that the Origin Green charter now includes D&I as a target under social sustainability?
To find out more about the AgDIf event and to register please click here