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Hallmark spreads D&I message

Publisher joins retailers as proud partners for D&I In Grocery project

 

Hallmark is among the companies making sure the diversity and inclusion message is spread far and wide as the publisher has become a proud partner of Grocery Aid’s D&I In Grocery project.

“We’re always looking for ways to expand our learning, understand different experiences and find way to create meaningful moments,” Jess Lovelace, Hallmark’s head of marketing, explained.

Above: The D&I In Grocery Live! event is on 6 October
Above: The D&I In Grocery Live! event is on 6 October

“This partnership is great way to support our Hallmarkers’ D&I learning journey, create tangible change for employees and help everyone in grocery have the opportunity be successful as their authentic selves in the workplace.”

Alongside Hallmark more than 80 partner organisations, including retailers Tesco, Asda, Co-Op, M&S, Sainsbury’s, Aldi, Booths, and John Lewis Partnership, are working together on the project to form the grocery industry’s largest collaborative D&I network which includes shared learning opportunities, the Stories To Inspire podcast series, a mentoring programme, and the D&I In Grocery Live! event that’s planned for 6 October at the InterContinental Hotel at London’s O2, with 1,500 delegates expected to explore 45 related topics.

Above: Ade Adepitan and C4’s Naomi Sesay headline this year’s live event
Above: Ade Adepitan and C4’s Naomi Sesay headline this year’s live event

Tesco’s global vice-president Vincent Barnes said: “None of us have the all the answers but, by sharing and learning from each other, we can become more Inclusive leaders and better nurture diversity in our organisations.”

And Alexandra Bellini, Tesco chief customer officer, added: “D&I is everyone’s business, and I’m delighted to join together as a total industry to combine the impact we can have in ensuring that working in grocery means working in an inclusive environment – where everyone can be themselves, have mutual respect, understanding, and be the best that they can be.”

Above and top: Hallmark and major supermarkets and greetings retailers support D&I In Grocery
Above & top: Hallmark and major supermarkets and greetings retailers support D&I In Grocery

Tickets for this year’s D&I In Grocery Live! are available here, and the host for this year’s D&I In Grocery Live! is Ade Adepitan, who survived polio as a youngster then went on to become an international Paralympic wheelchair basketball player, broadcaster and author, while the keynote speaker is Naomi Sesay, head of creative diversity at Channel 4.

The May issue of Progressive Greetings has a full diversity and inclusion cards feature, click here to read it.

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