When it comes to diversity and inclusion, there's no point in simply saying that change needs to happen - we have to be proactive in creating change, too.
When it comes to diversity and inclusion, there’s no point in simply saying that change needs to happen – we have to be proactive in creating change, too. Hallam and The Agency Collective are undertaking research within the marketing industry to understand the level of diversity within agencies and what the benchmark should be for agencies both now and in the future.
Kiorhte Aghoghogbe, Account Manager and Hallam’s Diversity & Inclusion Lead, explains: “The agency world has a long standing problem of a lack of diversity and inclusivity. There’s a lot of talent and potential we are missing out on because of the glass door and barriers of entry to people from minority backgrounds, disability and LGBTQIA+ communities. I see lots of creativity, great ideas and innovation from these groups on social media and the world around me – but rarely in the offices and meetings that I attend. From my own experience, I’ve worked for many companies where I’ve been the only black person and endured a culture that isn’t progressive and diverse: I do not want others to have that same experience.
The industry can only gain – and get better – with more diversity and inclusion. Change can only happen if we address the problems, offer a welcoming space to have this debate and provide ideas and solutions to help overcome the lack of diversity and inclusion. Change will not come overnight but this is one step in an ongoing effort to make the industry a better place for those who strive to be in it.
If you work for a UK-based agency, would you give a few moments of your time to take part? You can access the anonymous survey here:
Take part in the survey
Survey closes Monday 22nd November.