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A culture of inclusivity


Winner of the award for Best Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative at the 2021 AMBA & BGA Excellence Awards


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invested in building and enhancing a culture of inclusion

Building a culture of integrity, fairness and respect for all

At Imperial College Business School we are committed to embedding inclusivity across the School community. Our university-wide Values and Behaviours underpin this culture, and a structure of Committees and Cultural Taskforces will deliver on our aims. We work within a framework of honesty, transparency and respect, a clear support structure for students and staff alike, and a promise to keep striving to do better. We are committed to  contributing to the society by partnering with private sector, other business schools and our local community –  to ensure that our collective expertise addresses key global challenges, with our research empowering those beyond the School through societal engagement. Our cultural ethos starts with inclusion and cohesion at the top, recognises that we still have some way to go, and ensures that all stakeholders are involved in its development.

“At Imperial College Business School we are dedicated to fostering a culture of integrity, fairness, and respect. We aspire to create an inclusive and collaborative Business School where every member is valued, empowered, and treated with dignity and where inclusivity encompasses ‘respect for all’ in its broadest sense”
Professor Sankalp Chaturvedi
Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

How will we achieve our aims?

What do those in our local community say?

“It's so important that female employees in every culture are treated with respect and equity. I see it as a privilege to show other women working in male-dominated sectors like economics and public policy that we can have a voice and will not be held back by gender stereotypes. It's also my job to inspire the next generation and to empower the students and staff I come into contact with, through my interactions with them.”
Dr Karmini Sharma
Assistant Professor in Economics and Public Policy
Dr Sharma is a development economist with a focus on issues of gender. Her work studies sexual harassment, gender segregation and female labour force participation in low and middle income countries.
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Ecosystem of support

There are several bodies that help the School deliver on its commitment to a culture of integrity, fairness and respect. 

At university level, the People and Culture Committee and the EDI Advisory Board serve as university-wide forums for leaders.  Additionally, individuals from across the organisation support the work of our key accreditations –  Athena Swan, the Race Equality Charter, as a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

Within the Business School, our Associate Dean of EDI and a leadership EDI Committee is supported by student input from the Dean's Advisory Student Council. Four Cultural Taskforces work towards co-creating mechanisms for clear, fair, respectful and inclusive processes in the following areas: staff recruitment, staff and student evaluation, staff career development and fulfilment, as well as re-thinking how inclusivity is embedded in the curriculum, pedagogy, and through diverse representation of students, alumni and staff.

We are continually monitoring our progress and refining our culture and inclusion action plans, with the involvement of students, faculty, professional staff and alumni.

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