Emma Codd

Emma Codd

Global Special Advisor on Inclusion


Panel discussion: Changing organisation culture – can it ever be truly inclusive?

Session Overview

Culture shapes every aspect of our lives. It informs what we think, say and do, the feelings and attitudes we express, and the way in which we interact with others. In the workplace, it is the underlying beliefs, assumptions and values that shape our everyday experience and determine our actions and behaviour.

The culture of our workplace impacts our engagement, motivation, performance and health and wellbeing. An inclusive organisational culture increases team innovation, creativity and knowledge sharing, boosts business performance and reduces staff turnover beyond specific diversity policies.

However, as regular news stories show, for many people the working world is far from inclusive – and may actually be a source of harassment, intimidation and exclusion. This affects not just employees’ wellbeing, it also impacts on business bottom lines.

Through the lens of gender, this panel will bring perspectives from a range of industries to consider how organisations can best address, influence and change workplace culture to foster a sense of true inclusion and belonging among employees.


Speaker's biography

Emma is global special advisor on inclusion for professional services firm Deloitte. Prior this she was managing partner for talent for Deloitte UK – during her time in this role Emma led a period of significant change on diversity for the firm in the UK. She led the design and implementation of Deloitte’s approach to agile working – including the award-winning Time Out programme – and, amongst other things, the firm’s gender balance action plan.

She sits on the Business in the Community Gender Equality Leadership Committee and has been recognised with various awards, including Ambassador of the Year at the Women in Finance Awards 2018.