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Diversity and inclusion

Find out how our client network, Spectrum, supports clients in creating value from inclusion in their businesses.


Barclays and The Walt Disney Company are passionate advocates of workplace inclusion. 

We talk to James Allan from Barclays, to hear about the role and importance of employee networks in promoting diversity.  

Watch the video to find out how our client network, Spectrum, supports clients in creating value from inclusion in their businesses.

Marks & Spencer 

  • Today M&S is an international multichannel retailer – and one of Britain’s best-loved shops

  • In 2015, as part of their diversity agenda, M&S joined Stonewall, the charity that campaigns for the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people across Britain

  • M&S wanted to understand industry best practices and create a colleague network 

  • Connected through Stonewall, Barclays partnered with M&S to share learnings from Spectrum, the Barclays LGBT colleague network 

Inclusion is incredibly important to us at M&S. It’s great to see the progress the LGBT colleague network has made in driving diversity throughout our business and I’m excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.

Paul Friston

International Director & Inclusion Group Chair

  • Both companies continued to meet to explore how to promote an LGBT agenda within M&S, focusing on senior leadership support, colleague engagement and developing an ally network

  • Today M&S has climbed the Stonewall Equality Index, showing the great progress they have made in positioning M&S as an equality employer

  • Taking learnings from Barclays, M&S established an internal Facebook group to reach colleagues across sites, providing a place for colleagues to raise questions, share ideas and work together to make sure M&S is a great place to work for everybody

  • Based on guidance from Barclays, M&S has driven LGBT awareness with visible cues around the business, so colleagues can see it’s an inclusive workplace, and open up opportunities to discuss what was previously an unspoken subject.
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