#009 For our second episode of our “Why it Really Matters” season, we are extremely pleased to be joined Eric Howard Way, Global Head of Inclusion, Diversity & CSR at Schindler Group, a Swiss multinational company that manufactures escalators, moving walkways, and elevators worldwide.
Eric started his career as an engineer in the heavy truck manufacture industry. A long way from D&I, we could say. However, being an engineer himself helped Eric make a compelling case for D&I that other engineers could understand. Eric explains the importance of adapting ones language, and arguments when building the case for DEI, depending on the public being addressed. Problem solving and logical thinking exercises were key to demonstrating to his peers the efficiency and innovation gains that come out of more diverse and inclusive teams. Eric shares with us how to build the right rationale and the necessary sense of urgency for D&I in the traditionally male-ridden manufacturing and engineering world, that you can also apply to your organization.
Finally, Eric reminds us that DEI is a competitive sport for companies who want to stay relevant in our day and age. Building a business case for it just around the numbers and potential performance gains is not enough: an emphasis on equity, social justice, as well as empathy are key elements to gathering support and momentum for DEI in your organization.
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Do not hesitate to follow Eric Howard Way on LinkedIn (@Eric Way) to continue following his journey as a DEI leader. To learn more about Schindler’s DEI strategy, please visit their website.
This season, we’re partnering with Mixity.co, the first digital HR solution for assessing, managing and promoting D&I in businesses of all lines and sizes. Mixity gives you a 360-degree view of your D&I footprint on 5 dimensions: gender equality, sexual orientation and gender identity, disability, cultural and social origins, and age. Be sure to check out their website for more information: https://www.mixity.co/