We believe diversity helps us achieve and sustain excellence. We aim to build an inclusive environment that welcomes and supports differences and to ensure there are equal opportunities for all employees. Having a diverse workplace allows us to draw on different perspectives, enhancing the quality of our decision making, efficiency and effectiveness. Selection, promotion and succession planning processes ensure that we recruit, train and promote the best candidates based on suitability for the job. Our Code of Conduct and Ethics requires that all employees are treated fairly and no one suffers harassment or intimidation.

Our Diversity Champion is Dawn Brooks, Managing Director, Industrial Analysis. Together with Claire Flint, Group HR and Brand Director, Dawn hosted the first Women in OI event in October 2015, bringing together a selection of women from across the globe. The purpose of this meeting was to explore the topic of diversity and inclusion and to gain a better understanding of what women want from working at Oxford Instruments. You can read more about this group and the outcomes from this activity in the case study.

We have been working to further embed diversity and inclusion within the culture of the Group. We focus on it within our MDP, with 130 people managers receiving diversity awareness training since 2013. We have developed unconscious bias training and will roll this out across the Group in 2016. We have also adapted the language and content within recruitment activity and our Early Careers Programme to appeal more to women. This, along with our enhanced leave schemes, aims to attract and retain female employees across Oxford Instruments.

We have met last year’s aim of continuing to have each level of our Executive Management reflect approximately the same gender balance as exists in the Company overall. We are working towards an environment where the gender balance at Manager level also reflects the Company’s gender balance overall. Our Women in OI programme is one of a number of proactive plans that we have in place to support our diversity aim, with further activities also mentioned within this report.

Gender diversity

  Female Male
Oxford Instruments 22.0% 78.0%
Board 22.0% 78.0%
Management Board 25.0% 75.0%
Managers 20.5% 79.5%
Employees 22.0% 78.0%