Social Mobility: Enhancing Business Efficiency and Reducing Socio-Economic Inequalities

Inequality has emerged as one of the most pressing issues facing societies worldwide. As such, there is a growing expectation from business stakeholders (including investors, customers, and community) that companies will address socioeconomic inequalities within their operations and contribute to social mobility in the communities they operate.

The UN Global Compact Network UK (GCN UK) is organising a four-part webinar series exploring social mobility. The sessions will feature guest presentations and case studies from various stakeholders to support companies of different sizes in designing and implementing strategies for improving social mobility and inclusion within their organisations.

The design and implementation of social mobility strategies are also strategic for business. Several case studies have reflected that these approaches bring economic advantages focused on productivity, innovation, and reputation.

Why We Should Talk About Social Mobility
13th September, 14:00 – 15:30 BST

This webinar will provide a high-level overview of social mobility. It will demonstrate leading business practice, explore the social and legal context of the concept, and showcase tools and resources developed by external stakeholders to implement social mobility strategies within businesses.

Improving Recruitment and Boosting Inclusion
5th October, 14:00 – 15:30 BST

This session will examine how companies can take an intersectional approach in their outreach and recruitment processes. It will highlight successful business case studies in which companies have adopted comprehensive policies for identifying and hiring professionals from lower advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.

How Social Mobility Leads to Progress
25th October, 14:00 – 15:30 BST

This session will showcase case studies in which businesses have effectively identified opportunities to overcome internal barriers to ensure their employees' progression and internal training to engage with employees from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.

Building Reputation Through Community Engagement
22nd November, 14:00 – 15:30 BST

The last session of this webinar series will highlight how businesses have improved their reputation by implementing strategies to construct community engagement. It will highlight how these strategies have added value to their operations, creating socioeconomic inclusion in the UK.

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For any questions about the Social Mobility: Enhancing Business Efficiency and Reducing Socioeconomic Inequalities webinar series, please contact Juliana Rivera, Project Manager (Business & Human Rights).