Hadley Support Future of London's Diversity Pledge

The initiative, supported by the Mayor of London, goes live at a Hadley-sponsored event at City Hall
Published Tue 1 Nov 2016

The independent, not-for-profit policy network Future of London, supported by the Mayor of London, has launched a pan-London pledge to help development & infrastructure better reflect London’s diversity.

“London’s diversity is its biggest asset”, according to the deputy Mayor for Housing, James Murray. "Many decisions on housing, regeneration, transport and more are still led by traditional voices, but the Mayor wants every single Londoner to have the chance to thrive” and plans to lead by example.

“James Murray’s own speech request form says he cannot speak on panels without at least one woman participating,” said Future of London director Lisa Taylor. “That sort of assertion is a huge step forward, but we can’t stop with gender – London is made up of an intricate mosaic of people, and we want to bring more of that energy and representation to the table.”

The pledge is made by organisations and individuals, and asks signatories to sign up to at least two of the following:

  • Hold public-facing events which include under-represented demographic groups (by gender, ethnicity, ability, age, etc.) as speakers
  • Put forward speakers from under-represented groups to represent our organisation, including at senior levels and across disciplines
  • Encourage organisations I work with to host diverse events
  • Avoid participating in sessions which feature only one demographic group
  • As a speaker/chair, join the Future of London Diversity Speakers’ Network, to help increase the pool of voices.

Hadley have been working with Future of London for the last 18 months, contributing mentors to the Future London Leaders programme. We are also proud to be a contributing partner to the organisation's advanced programme, Leaders Plus.