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Diageo Global Talent Director, Louise Prashad, talks inclusion

Diageo Global Talent Director, Louise Prashad, talks inclusion

 July 14, 2020

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How can we create inclusive and empowering workforces?

What are the best practices we can use to create these spaces?

Louise Prashad is the Global Talent Director at Diageo and she joined a lively discussion panel hosted by EU40 addressing the topic of "Building Gender Equal and Inclusive Workforces: Creating a safer space for all."

Louise provided considerable insight into Diageo's consistent focus on forging an inclusive work culture and supporting women in the workforce.    

Forging gender equality and inclusion in the workplace is key

As context for the webinar discussion, EU40 reminded that "Too many women are still falling victim to the trap of gender inequality. They face a lack of basic freedoms and opportunities and are confronted with huge inequalities in their working environments. According to the World Bank, globally, less than half of women have jobs, compared with almost four-fifths of men."

Discussions also focused on how the coronavirus outbreak has exacerbated inequalities, and reminded that women have been especially hit by the negative consequences of the crisis.

"Now more than ever, it is obvious that our political structures must act and address these issues. It is the only way in which we will be able to successfully address the economic and social crisis our society faces due to the current pandemic," suggested EU40.

"Promoting Gender Equality is a fundamental EU value deeply rooted in the EU treaties. European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen, has been very vocal in her commitment to equality, to reach the EU’s highest economic development. To this end, the European Commission has brought forward the European Gender Strategy, recognizing equality is needed in all political areas in order for the EU to be able to utilise its talent and diversity and reach its full potential," said EU40.

"Plenty of EU based companies, institutions and SMEs are actively working to address issues of inequality in their working structures. How are they working to actively change unconscious biases in the labour market? What can we learn from these efforts to best transition into a more equal and just society post Coronavirus outbreak?" commented EU40.

The speaker panel for the  'Building Gender Equal and Inclusive Workforce' discussion featured:

  • Louise Prashad, Global Talent Director at Diageo
  • Frances Fitzgerald MEP
  • Lesia Radelicki, Cabinet of Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli
  • Brussels Binder Representative (TBA)
  • Daniela Ramos Giraldo, Moderator, EU40

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