The BAT Group (BAT) has been named as a diversity leader by the Financial Times for a second consecutive year.
The FT Diversity Leaders report recognizes the top 850 companies across 16 European countries that have achieved a diverse and inclusive workplace. It assesses key areas including gender balance, sexual orientation and a workforce comprising an ethnic and social mix that reflects wider society.
BAT says diversity and inclusion have been a key part of its heritage, which goes back 120 years. The company employs 141 nationalities in management positions across 189 countries and 87 nationalities in its London head office alone.
This year, BAT set itself new diversity and inclusion ambitions to achieve by 2025, including:
- Increasing the number of women in senior leadership teams to 40 percent
- Increasing the number of women in management roles to 45 percent
- Achieving a 50 percent spread of nationalities within key leadership teams to better mirror BAT’s consumer base.
“We are delighted to be named as a diversity leader by the Financial Times for the second year running,” said Hae In Kim, director of talent, culture and inclusion, in a statement. “This recognition acknowledges our ongoing commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture at BAT underpinned by our ethos, which encourages our employees to be bold, fast, empowered, responsible and diverse. We are proud of what we have achieved so far and recognize, like many other businesses, we can and must still do more.”