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In 2022, the employee-led groups that make up Grosvenor’s culture network (Pride, Race Equality, Dis(ability) and Understanding Faith) continued to hold events, championing issues that our employees care about and helping to create a working environment where everyone can be everything that they are.
The Pride Network was active in creating inclusive and engaging events throughout the year, with the Colouring outside the Lines initiative bringing together employees, suppliers, and occupiers to shed light on the importance of workplace inclusivity. Through the Westminster Foundation, we supported LGBTQ+ charities including Diversity Role Models, educating over 1,800 young people on LGBTQ+ inclusion through schools within Westminster, central London and Chester.
The Race Equality Network celebrated racial equality throughout the year, with lunch events celebrating Caribbean and South Asian heritage as well as ‘Harlem in Mayfair’, our black history walk which explored Mayfair’s fascinating links to black history. For Black History month, Grosvenor Property UK CEO James Raynor hosted a discussion with Hamza Taouzzale – the first ethnically diverse and youngest Lord Mayor of Westminster – to discuss contemporary issues around race and challenging preconceptions.
Our Dis(ability) network held an afternoon tea event which launched our new Disability Guidance – a practical resource focusing on how to create an accessible and inclusive workplace. James Raynor experienced working out of a wheelchair for a day – getting first-hand experience of the difficulties of navigating even a modern office environment. We also hosted an October Roundtable, discussing a range of topics relevant to people living with a disability in the property sector.
The Understanding Faith Network also had a busy year, celebrating Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths with themed meals throughout the year for Easter, Passover and Eid al-Fitr. Our employee survey helped us establish a baseline understanding of faith within Grosvenor, and we heard personal stories about Ramadan, Diwali and Christmas from our colleagues.