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A holistic approach to diversity and inclusion

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Insight from Theresa Palmer, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at BAE Systems Digital Intelligence

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“Culture and engagement are the two main challenges in diversity and inclusion and they are interlinked,” says Theresa Palmer, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at BAE Systems Digital Intelligence.

The challenge of changing a company’s culture is not a small feat, as Theresa points out, “Human beings are naturally resistant to change.” To tackle this challenge, she believes that leaders with a clear and unwavering vision for the company are essential.

Leadership and a holistic approach

Leadership is key in creating a positive company culture, as Theresa highlights. The name “Day One” given to Amazon’s headquarters by Jeff Bezos is a prime example of the importance of energy, innovation and drive in creating a positive workplace culture. The culture of a company is a critical aspect of diversity and inclusion and it is important to have leaders who understand the significance of this.

In addition to culture, a holistic approach to diversity and inclusion is critical, says Theresa. A holistic approach means considering all aspects of an employee’s well-being, including mental health and engagement. Theresa shares that her background in working with troubled customers has helped her create a strategic approach to diversity and inclusion, one that is tailored to the needs of the company and its employees.

BAE’s approach

BAE Systems is taking a proactive approach to addressing the gender pay gap. The company participates in annual reporting and creates plans based on the findings, with the goal of becoming a leading employer in the defence and security sector for diversity and inclusion. BAE Systems has set ambitious targets for the future, with aspirations for women to make up at least 50% of their executive committee and 30% of their UK workforce by 2030.

Moreover, BAE Systems is committing to supporting external organizations that promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace, such as the Women in Defence Charter. This organization aims for a minimum of 30% female representation in the defence sector by 2030, and BAE Systems is proud to be a part of this effort. By recognizing the importance of creating a workplace culture that values diversity and inclusion, BAE Systems is focused on tactics to achieve their goals and create a workplace that is inclusive and respectful of all employees.

In conclusion, the role of Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at BAE Systems is a critical one, and Theresa Palmer is the right person for the job. Her emphasis on a holistic approach to diversity and inclusion and her background in working with troubled customers make her a valuable asset to the company. With a clear vision and strong leadership, BAE Systems is well on its way to creating a workplace culture that values diversity and inclusion and is dedicated to promoting a positive work environment for all employees.

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