Hosting the Confederation of British Industry conference

01 May 2018

On Tuesday 01 May 2018, international law firm Simmons & Simmons will host a diversity and inclusion conference run by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). The event, which will take place in the firm’s London headquarters, will be the second the firm has hosted for the CBI.

This conference is designed to share practical hints and tips from firms making a difference and helping us all pick up the pace of change. Cutting across all strands of diversity, the advice and insights shared will help to inform strategies at a time when raising productivity and improving the reputation of business are increasingly in the spotlight.

The event will comprise of a range of panel discussion, open conversations, talks and Q & A’s all focused on how to affect positive change. The sessions will cover everything from ‘A spotlight on Mental Health’ and how to take steps towards effectively preventing mental health issues in the workplace, to workshops that highlight the benefits of flexible working with Timewise. A panel discussion on ‘how to be an ambassador for change’ will open the conference and will feature panellists such as Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General, CBI (chair) and Ivan Menezes, Chair, Movement to Work & CEO, Diageo among others.  

Dr Anne Sammon, employment managing associate at Simmons & Simmons and author of the firm’s blog on workplace rights for parents, will also be participating in a panel discussion on Improving recruitment and progression to enable all talent to shine. This is the second time Anne has been a panellist at the CBI conference, following her feature on a panel discussing embedding inclusive culture in 2017.

Speaking about her participation and the event itself, Anne Sammon said: "The challenges facing organisations in relation to diversity and inclusion are varied. The starting point for any organisation committed to dealing with these issues is to identify their own unique challenges, whether these are recruitment or retention, sex or socio-economic background. It is only once you understand the barriers within your own organisation, that you can properly take steps to address these."

Click here to find out more about this year's event.

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