Emma Codd

Emma Codd

Global Inclusion Leader


PANEL DISCUSSION: Changing organisational culture – can it ever be truly inclusive?

Session Overview

PANEL DISCUSSION: Changing organisational culture – can it ever be truly inclusive?
(Future Talent in partnership with Business In The Community)

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.

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 Inclusion Leader for Deloitte and leads on the development and delivery of the global inclusion strategy.

From 2013 – 2019 Emma was Managing Partner for Talent for Deloitte LLP in the UK and sat on the firm’s Executive Committee, a role which she held alongside her client facing role as a Partner in the Financial Advisory practice. During this period Emma led a period of significant change for the firm from a diversity & inclusion perspective, including the firm’s award-winning approach to Respect & Inclusion – a culture change programme that under-pinned all of the firm’s actions on diversity. Alongside this focus on culture, Emma devised and implemented numerous targeted interventions aimed at positively impacting from a gender, LGBT+, ethnicity and social mobility diversity perspective – this included early voluntary gender and ethnicity pay gap reporting. Emma also led the UK firm’s approach on mental health, overseeing a period during which stigma was reduced and an array of support for those with mental ill health was introduced.

Emma is a member of the LACA Lead the Change board, a board established by the UK Government to take forward work to increase the diversity and inclusion at the top of the UK’s leading organisations, of the BiTC Gender leadership team and the UK Thriving at Work Council.