About Us

Creating Inclusive Cultures (CIC) was founded in 2015 by Charlotte Sweeney, OBE, an award-winning diversity and inclusion expert and author with over 20 years’ experience of driving D&I strategy globally.

CIC is a formal partner of the Northern Powerhouse Programme, the Chartered Management Institute and the Institute of Directors and strives to support companies reap the rewards of creating diverse and inclusive workplaces.

Creating Inclusive Cultures
City by city

Leeds
September 2015

Creating Inclusive Cultures
City by city

Manchester
June 2016

Creating Inclusive Cultures
City by city

Birmingham
October 2016

Creating Inclusive Cultures
City by city

Liverpool
March 2018

Creating Inclusive Cultures is a forum for businesses who want to create inclusive workplaces for all; working together and learning from each other. Our regional forums focus on key issues, city by city, ensuring that local insight and knowledge are part of the solution.

Forums are thriving with our business partners in Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool and with more UK cities following, we will continue to create more inclusive cultures.

Twelve drivers for change

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Of companies state that diversity and inclusion is important but only 15% of their employees see those words put into action.

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Of millennials want a work life integration.

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Of top roles are gained by those attending fee paying or selective schools.

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Women are the driving force behind over 70% of household purchases.

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Workforces that are both diverse and inclusive have 57% higher team collaboration.

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Organisations with inclusive leaders are 45% more likely to increase market share.

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Workforces that are diverse and inclusive have 42% higher team commitment.

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Black workers with degrees earn 23% less on average than white graduates.

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Of working age adults have a disability.

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When gay employees do not tell anyone about their sexual orientation, they are 10% less productive than when they feel they can be authentic.

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Workforces that are diverse and inclusive have 12% higher productivity.

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Of the UK population attend private schools.

Collaborate

Committed to action

Collaboration is the key to CIC's success. Working with our business partners in each regional forum, the advisory board agrees the themes and direction for their city. The strategic diversity and inclusion issues that are important are explored further in innovation hubs where local issues are tackled, and solutions applied.

Regular senior leaders’ city development forums facilitate continued collaboration and regional events raise awareness and connectivity across each city. Our alliances of businesses and employers all see the benefits of diversity and inclusion, are committed to action and work in partnership to ensure diversity and inclusion is always on the radar.

Innovate

Learning from each other

CIC’s ethos is to always challenge current thinking on how change can be delivered. Through our forums, companies and employers can influence the industry by sharing innovative thought leadership and by contributing to a powerful network of learning.

As technology advances we also endeavour to offer our solutions via new platforms. The CIC app delivers a suite of useful resources to enable individuals and organisations to engage hands-on with their D&I strategy. The app includes podcasts, webinars, company insights, research, infographics and video advice from D&I experts. Continually updated, the content is designed to encourage constructive D&I practices on an everyday basis.

The first of its kind, we have been working with companies to add customised content to secure sections of the app so that they can further increase engagement within their organisations.

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The app is available on IOS and Android.

Create Change

Regional insights and solutions

Our goal is to enable organisations to unleash their potential, apply practical learning and create sustainable change. Companies and employers can create a new way of working by focusing on specific corporate issues influenced by diversity and inclusion, which are regionally relevant.

The businesses we collaborate with know that how we have worked in the past will not guarantee success in the future. By raising the profile of the companies involved in CIC initiatives and supporting business leaders striving for change, we can work in partnership to create more diverse and inclusive cultures for all.

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