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.
This series supported by:
Social Mobility: Time to Act!
13th September, 14:00 – 15:30 BST
We are bringing 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 will explore leading business practice, the social and legal context of the concept, and showcase the most effective approaches to driving social mobility within businesses.
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?'
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.
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.
- A Broken Elevator? How to Promote Social Mobility (OECD)
- The Global Social Mobility Report 2020 Equality, Opportunity and a New Economic Imperative (The World Economic Forum)
- State of the nation 2021: Social mobility and the pandemic (Social Mobility Commission)
- Socio-economic diversity and inclusion Employers’ toolkit: Cross-industry edition (Social Mobility Commission)
For any questions, please contact Juliana Rivera, Project Manager (Business & Human Rights).