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Sainsbury's: EMpowering Colleagues

Category: BAME, EMpower

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Sainsbury's aim to be the most inclusive retailer where all their colleagues can fulfil their potential. Therefore, they are proud to announce that two of their colleagues feature in the Financial Times EMpower Top 100 Ethnic Minority Leaders List.


EMpower is an organisation that helps companies drive greater BAME inclusion at all levels of their business. The EMpower 100 ethnic minority leaders lists the 100 most influential black, Asian and minority ethnic business leaders, and this year our colleagues Irvinder Goodhew, Director of Transformation, and Sarah Nelson, Group Financial Controller made the cut.


Embracing the difference

Sainsbury’s believe that diversity amongst their colleagues should be celebrated. They launched their Embrace the Difference initiative last year, which inspired a huge number of  Sainsbury's colleagues to share their stories and be open and honest with one another about what makes them different.

By bravely sharing their stories and acting as role models and mentors for many colleagues, both Irvinder and Sarah have been key in driving Sainsbury’s inclusion agenda. Their involvement in Sainsbury's Race Reference Group has resulted in a number of initiatives aimed at helping our BAME colleagues be the best they can be.

A step in the right direction

Being recognised by EMpower is a hugely positive step in any company's journey to inclusion and diversity. Sainsbury's run BAME networking events for colleagues, and they are proving to be popular with almost 500 colleagues across the business attending so far. 

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Vercida works with over one hundred clients who are committed to creating an inclusive work environment. If you are an employer and interested in working with Vercida to promote your diversity and inclusion initiatives and attract the best candidates, please call 02037405973 or email info@vercida.com for more information.

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VERCIDA works with over one hundred clients who are committed to creating an inclusive work environment. If you are an employer and interested in working with VERCIDA to promote your diversity and inclusion initiatives and attract the best candidates, please email info@vercida.com for more information.

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