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Accepted Paper:

EDI vs sustainability: a transformational approach  
Sue Black (Durham University) Jo Stansfield (Inclusioneering Limited)

Short abstract:

In this paper we explore the similarities and differences between EDI and sustainability in the context of transformational change. We compare and contrast both areas to investigate what we can learn from each strand to inform and increase impact across them both.

Long abstract:

There appear to be many commonalities between the business drivers and enablers for Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), and the business drivers and enablers for sustainability. External drivers such as the murder of African American man George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis, USA in 2020 and the protests of climate activist Greta Thunberg from 2018 onwards which have been shared and amplified by social media have changed the way that society and businesses behave. Since George Floyd’s murder much more attention has been paid to EDI within companies, it is now taken seriously rather than being seen as a “nice to have”, the same could be said of sustainability since Great Thunberg started campaigning. This is just one example of these commonalities that show how EDI and sustainability are two strands of the much bigger picture of transformational change within organisations.

In this paper we explore the similarities and differences between EDI and sustainability in this context, including variations in language and how concepts are expressed. We explore links to transition theory, just transitions and paradigm shifts then compare and contrast both areas to investigate what we can learn from each strand to inform and increase impact across them both. Finally we look at the business case and benefits to companies who implement our approach.

Traditional Open Panel P255
Making and doing industrial decarbonisation: firms, employees and the world beyond the factory fence.
  Session 2 Tuesday 16 July, 2024, -