Upcoming Roundtables

NEXT UP: SOCIAL MOBILITY

You know that social mobility - or a lack of it - is a problem that affects your business, but what are the practical things you can do tackle it? Join our roundtable to learn from experts and peers in our new 'creative collaborators' meeting format.

WHEN: 9.30am - 11.30am, Wednesday 19 December 2018
WHERE: Boardroom, Legal & General, London

Register your interest, or contact us to find out more.

INTRODUCTION

Social mobility is the movement of individuals, families, households, or other categories of people within or between social tiers or strata in a society. It is a change in social status relative to one's previous social location within a given society.

While the movement can be in a downward or upward direction, in the context of responsible business, social mobility generally concerns the challenge of achieving diversity in the workplace, and in particular ensuring that people from lower social classes progress through all management tiers and to the very top of the organisation.

In the UK, as in much of the developed world, evidence suggests that opportunities and outcomes in education and employment for individuals from higher socio-economic backgrounds are considerably better than for those from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

This is a problem which demands attention. And on becoming Prime Minister in July 2016, Theresa May stood on the steps of Downing Street and promised to fight the "burning injustices" in British society. Her government was to prioritise working class families who were "just about managing", and she promised to take on entrenched privilege and help people from any background to "go as far as their talents took them".

Social mobility requires the removal of barriers to progression that are determined by a person's background. As well as the ‘burning injustice’ to individuals who encounter it, a lack of social mobility diminishes diversity and the social, cultural and economic benefits which flow from it, on which healthy and vibrant businesses and societies depend.

On 19 December 2018, Legal & General will host a roundtable meeting to bring businesses, investors and civil society organisations together to learn more about this important issue, and what they can do within their organisations to adopt and foster policies and practices which result in great social mobility.

DRAFT AGENDA

Roundtable format refresh:

We propose to embrace the inclusivity and diversity of experience and expertise of the R100 Roundtables held across 2017 and 2018, but to evolve the approach from conversation to co-creation, and the roles participants play from critical friends to creative collaborators.

Benefits of participation:

  • Shared understanding of an essential and challenging aspect of social mobility - appreciating what support people need to be able to progress, and the best ways for organisations to make this happen
  • Deeper insight into what makes a difference to progressing social mobility in practice, and why
  • Ideas for new and different ways to engage and enable people to “get on and get up”
  • Collaborators who will take these ideas forward beyond the session to further develop into innovative initiatives
  • The opportunity to share and learn in an unique, safe (NB the meeting is held under the Chatham House rule), supportive and solutions-focused environment

Preparation:

Based on your experiences, select practical examples to share of what makes little or no difference to progressing social mobility, and what does work. What are “good” ways, or the “best” ways, to engage and enable people to ‘get on and get up’ – and why? Find an initiative that inspires you - something someone else has done to deliberately disrupt the status-quo and smash silos. We will share some case studies with you, but ideally participants will also bring their own to share.

Additionally, if your company has provided responses to questions 1 and 3 of Section 7 of the Social Mobility Index questionnaire (copied at the bottom of this page), please consider sharing these also.

Breakouts groups tasks:

Small groups will take the learning and inspiration shared in the first half of the session to appreciate what people need to be willing and able to progress, and what makes most difference. They will use these insights as inspiration to co-create ideas to meet those needs in new and different ways and design solutions to overcome barriers to progression: “How might we... engage and enable people to ‘get on and get up’ ?” What if we...?"

Plenary session:

We will ask each group to share their best ideas, and collectively we’ll prioritise those with the greatest potential to drive progress. Ideally, we will agree how best to progress these together.

TIMINGS

Time Activity
9.30 Welcome and introductions
9.35 Topic overview – what is social mobility, and progression and experienced hires issues in particular, and why are these problems worth solving for business and society?
9.45 Facilitated group discussion - sharing learning and inspiration
10.25 Coffee break
10.35 Facilitated breakout group exercises (in groups of 2-3 people)
11.05 Facilitated plenary
11.25 Wrap up and next steps
11.30 Meeting ends

From The Social Mobility Employer Index 2018 Questionnaire, Section 7: Progression and experienced hires.

Question 1: Does your organisation analyse Retention, Progression, Professional exams or qualifications, and/or Pay by socio-economic background at every level? (Y/N)

Question 3: Does your organisation specifically target any of the following activities at those from lower socio-economic groups? We're looking here for activities specifically targeted at those from lower socio-economic groups, as opposed to activities targeted at those with protected characteristics.

  • Buddying/mentoring
  • Support with passing the required qualifications
  • A network of employees from similar backgrounds
  • Mentoring/leadership programmes to encourage progression
  • Other (please specify)

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