How can the hospitality industry be more diverse?
Chaired by Kelly-Marie Staunton MIH, Deputy Director of Champneys Health Resorts, the “Future Forum” aims to develop strategies to promote and nurture education around inclusion in the IoH as well as in the hospitality industry in the sense large.
The “Forum” believes there is an urgent need for employers to recognize all types of disabilities, including invisible disabilities, and have started working to collect information from IoH members across the industry with a need. to provide a Disability and diversity checklistfor employers already agreed.
Staunton said: “I am delighted to chair such an important group for IoH and to work alongside such talent.
“It is important that the industry employs a diverse workforce and reflects society at large, and then shares best practices, it is also crucial that our employees are properly trained and that we remove some of the barriers that prevent people to be employed if they are perceived to be such. fall into the “too difficult category”.
The “Future Forum” will include a selection of 10 hospitality professionals, including founder of Blue Badge Style and Blue Badge Access Awards Fiona Jarvis, Senior Lecturer in Hospitality Management at the University of Greenwich Dr Maria Gebbels MIH, Editor and freelance writer Elizabeth Mistry, Paul Gilley, member of the FIH and IoH supervisory board and senior director of operations for Bartlett and Mitchell Gregory Hall MIH.
The main objective of the Forum is to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 5 (Gender Equality) 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) and 10 (Reducing Inequalities) and will seek to achieve specific strategic objectives of diversity and development. inclusion to tackle issues of leadership, learning and development. , adjustments to the physical environment, retention, customers, purchasing and communication, and technology.
Change for the future
IoH CEO Robert Richardson FIH said: “The creation of the IoH ‘Future Forum’ is the next logical step in our diversity and inclusion strategy.
“We really want to hear from our members and non-members about their stories so that we can aim to accommodate and eradicate some of the issues that this part of our society faces.
“I look forward to seeing the results of the ‘Forum’As they begin their work, our host family embraces the change and I see the IoH “Future Forum” as an agent of change. “