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D&I Weekly News Round-Up: Generation, Digital Divide and more

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion News Round-Up. Today we are talking about the digital divide, why Unilever is removing the word “normal” from products, the importance of empathetic leadership, and a great initiative from France that brings generations together.
Caroline Berns

Compliance Officer – Leadership & Culture

Compliance Officer – Leadership & Culture

Leadership

Good reading about empathetic leadership! With most people working remotely (and a big focus on diversity and inclusion) leaders have to change how they connect with their teams.

Digital Divide

The digital divide refers to the gap between people who have access to ICT (e.g. a phone or computer, internet connection, etc.) - and those who don’t. Especially now during the pandemic, this can be a huge challenge and can impact access to education, work and healthcare. Interesting article about the current state and what could be done to improve digital equity.

Inclusion

Consumer goods company Unilever announced this week that it will remove the word “normal” on its hair and skin products, and also stop digitally editing pictures of models and social media influencers. The company decided to offer consumers a more inclusive experience after research showed that the word “normal” made most people feel excluded.

Generation

Great initiative from the French charity Oldyssey. The scheme ShareAmi connects young language students from all over the world with senior citizens in France. The two parties connect via video calls, and while the student can improve their language skills, it helps the elderly person to feel less isolated.

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