The Jamie Oliver Group is committed to promoting equality and preventing any kind of discrimination. We strive to create an open and welcoming environment, where we celebrate the fact that everyone is different and treat each other with dignity and respect.
We know that championing inclusivity and diversity in our teams and through all our work is fundamental to achieving our goal to halve childhood obesity in the UK by 2030.
One of the most encouraging things that has happened since we formed our inclusion and diversity working group is the growing desire from so many of our employees to get more involved in order to be part of this change. To ensure inclusion and diversity is a consideration in everything we do, we have Inclusion and Diversity Leads in our Senior Management Team and an Inclusion and Diversity Council with representatives from across the business who function as a sounding board to ensure employee input into our agenda and actions.
We focus on driving change in the following areas:
Identifying, attracting and retaining a diverse workforce with a breadth of experience and talent
Cultivating an inclusive workplace culture that empowers us to value our differences and what that brings to the Jamie Oliver Group
Delivering an inclusive content strategy that showcases diverse talent and appeals to an international audience
Proactively showcasing diversity and its importance to our organisation in all corporate communications
Although we acknowledge that we have still got a long way to go, we’re making headway and doing some really exciting things. Did you know:
– over half of our senior management team is made up of women
– we hold ‘inspo sessions’ with speakers covering key inclusion topics throughout the year
– we regularly invite cooks from all backgrounds to join us for lunch, and introduce us to their cuisines and cultures, as well as up-and-coming chefs looking to build their profiles
We have joined forces with these amazing businesses and charities to both educate ourselves and support a generation of talent into our industry through training, mentoring, coaching and internships:
Through a collaboration with the Creative Mentor Network, we are able to offer some of our managers the opportunity to take part in a mentor programme aimed to support young people from diverse backgrounds in pursuing a career in the creative industry.
We’re pleased to be working with Creative Access in our recruitment for internship placements at the Jamie Oliver Group for people from communities that are under-represented in the creative industries. All of our internships are paid London Living Wage.
We believe taking time out of our working day to talk about inclusion is really important. We have extended our partnership with Creative Access to deliver training to our managers and employees on topics including inclusive leadership, allyship, microaggressions, being anti-racist and talking about class.
Supporting our local community in North London is important to us, and through our continued work with the Change Please charity, we help provide training and support to people who have experienced homelessness.
We work exclusively with BAME Recruitment for some of our key leadership roles, to help us source and attract more candidates from this talent pool in senior positions.