Whistl appoints Senior Leadership for Race, Disability and Women initiatives

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First step #my names

Whistl, specialists in e-fulfilment, mail and parcels, has appointed Senior Leadership Sponsors to drive internal EDI (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion) initiatives focused on race, disability and female representation within the company.

Nick Wells. Executive Chairman, Whistl, said: “Whistl is a people business and the key reason for our success. It is important that everyone is treated with respect and is given the help to progress with their careers. We passionately believe in developing our people and our EDI Forum and Sponsors will pay a key role ensuring that we remain a great place to work.

“A simple but effective initiative from Race Equality Matters will help us ensure that people are addressed the way they want to be and should be. Whistl has over 60 nationalities working across the business, and we believe it is important that everyone is treated with respect and at the very least can expect their name to be pronounced correctly.”

Mark Lawrenson, Head of Operations, will take the lead on race diversity within the company. Whistl is a longstanding member of the Race at Work Charter and is now partnering Race Equality Matters to implement some of their innovative initiatives to create a better understanding of race inequality.

The first initiative will be the #MyNameIs solution where employees have the opportunity to have their names spelt phonetically on email signatures, name badges and hi vis jackets to ensure correct pronunciation.

Managing Director -International Michael Boulton and Managing Director – Parcels, Andy Underwood, will take the lead on disability awareness, further embedding the activities available from Whistl’s membership of Valuable 500 and Disability Confident. Laura Sanjurgo, Commercial Director - Mail and Fliss O’Hara, Commercial Director - Fulfilment will be taking the lead on female diversity and promoting Whistl’s recent membership of Everywoman, whose goal is to advance women’s progression in business. The Sponsors will work with Whistl’s EDI Forum which comprises of 20 allies from across the company to embed these activities within the business.

Whistl is a £820m+ revenue, delivery management company that provides mail, parcels, leaflet advertising, fulfilment and contact centre services in the UK and internationally. Headquartered in Marlow, the Whistl group of companies operate across the UK, and handles in excess of 3.6bn items a year.