Social Mobility: Improving Business and Society

There is a growing expectation from business stakeholders that companies will address socioeconomic inequalities within their operations and contribute to social mobility in the communities where they operate. It’s time for business to act!

Implementing social mobility strategies is good for businesses. Numerous case studies have shown that taking action on socio-economic inequality enhances productivity, innovation, and reputation.

The UN Global Compact Network UK is organising a four-part webinar series to accelerate business action on social mobility. These sessions will help UK businesses to effectively deliver on the ‘S’ in ESG. The series will feature guest presentations and case studies from the organisations driving real progress on this critical issue.

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Past Webinars

Driving Social Mobility through Community Engagement
22nd November, 14:00 – 15:30 BST

The last session in the series will look at how companies can have an impact, and secure business benefits, through constructive community engagement around social mobility. We’ll explore good practice examples like engaging with schools and local governments, but also big decisions like where to locate company operations.


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Kirsty Green-Mann
Head of Corporate Responsibility
Burges Salmon LLP

Fergus Hynd

Fergus Hynd
Global Implementation Lead
National Grid

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Nina Slingsby
DE&I Lead

Clementine Johnson

Clementine Johnson
Head of Social Impact
DLA Piper

Social Mobility Means Progression
25th October, 14:00 – 15:30 BST

Inclusive hiring practices are critical, but social mobility means progression. This session will focus on how companies can create a fair and inclusive culture that enables colleagues from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds to access opportunities for advancement and fulfil their potential.


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Jenny Baskerville
Director of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity

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Olivia Larkin
Head of Skills
City of London Corporation

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Jenn Barnet
Director and Head of I&D and Sustainability
Grant Thornton UK LLP

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James Whiteman
The Diversity Project

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

This session will highlight case studies of companies making an impact on social mobility through comprehensive policies for hiring people from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds. We will look at the role of intersectionality in social mobility and explore difficult questions, like 'is progress so slow?' And, 'is it time for quotas?'


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John Craven
The Social Mobility Commission

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Neil Morrison
Director of Human Resources
Severn Trent

Naomi Puri

Naomi Puri
Talent Acquisition Manager - Early Career Programme

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Tracy Foot
Graduate Recruitment and Development Manager
Simmons & Simmons

Social Mobility: Time to Act!
13th September, 14:00 – 15:30 BST

We brought together the UK’s thought leaders on social mobility to share their insights on the urgent need for action and to provide a high-level overview of the issue. This session explored leading business practice, the social and legal context of the concept, and showcased the most effective approaches to driving social mobility within businesses.


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Rt Hon Justine Greening 
Founder and Chair
Social Mobility Pledge and Levelling Up Goals

Hollie Crompton

Hollie Crompton
Social Mobility Lead

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Donna Catley
UK&I Chief People Officer
Compass Group

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Andrew Williams
Tax Technology Alliances & Platforms and Co-Chair Social Mobility Network

Special thanks to:

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For any questions, please contact Juliana Rivera, Project Manager (Business & Human Rights).