IFB2014 DI CONFERENCE HAILED A SUCCESS
Liverpool’s pride at hosting tremendously successful Diversity and Inclusion conference as part of the International Festival of Business
Max Steinberg, CEO of Liverpool Vision and Chair of the International Festival for Business (IFB) has expressed his pleasure in the city of Liverpool’s hosting of the historic and successful Diversity and Inclusion conference, July 9th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
An impressive gathering of entrepreneurs, diversity practitioners, government agencies, college/university, and practice-based participants converged on the city to share knowledge and experience in the business and social benefits of diversity and inclusion, as a positive aspect of a global world and globalized society.
Max Steinberg said: “Diversity and inclusion has become a business imperative in today’s global economy and it is incumbent upon all of us to ensure we promote the benefits of building diverse organisations that reflect the changing face of the communities we operate in.”
“The fact that such a conference was hosted in Liverpool is particularly important to us as it places the spotlight firmly on Liverpool City Region’s credentials as a world class inclusive city.”
The discussion topics focused on issues such as examples of best practice in delivering tangible Social Value for businesses, tackling the business risk associated with unconscious bias, selecting and developing diverse winning teams and leadership skills, measuring the benefits of diversity and inclusion in business, and the impact of engaging and retaining a diverse workforce.
Garth Dallas, CEO of Global Diversity Partner, organisers of the conference, said: “Our partnership with the IFB, Liverpool Vision and Liverpool City Council is excellent and the success of this conference has proved that there is great desire to move away from simple affirmations that ‘diversity is good’ to a much more detailed account of the effects and uses of diversity and inclusion to create business competitive advantage in the context of our current epoch of globalization.”
He further stressed that it was vitally important that such a conference was held within the IFB, the largest business festival in the UK for decades.
He said: “IFB 2014 is a national event with a truly international reach and significance. The festival is connecting UK businesses together and into international markets. Without an appreciation of the importance of diversity and inclusion business will not be able to maximise the opportunities that are being created.”
Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Minister for Equalities said: “In today’s globalised economy it is vitally important all workers realise their potential. Clients, shareholders and investors are increasingly aware that businesses with diverse environments tend to make better decisions. This makes them more stable, more sustainable and more profitable. The conference had a fantastic line-up of speakers and delegates that should engage organisations to make the most of diverse workforces.”