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Working Forward: news and events

Keep up to date with all the latest news about Working Forward and register for upcoming events.

Employers who sign up to the pledge will have exclusive access to a series of events to help them make the pledge areas a reality. They will help build organisational capacity to:

  • demonstrate leadership from the top down
  • ensure confident employees
  • train and support line managers
  • offer flexible working practices

If you are interested in hosting an event for our Working Forward initiative please contact us at

Gender news round up

The World Economic Forum (WEF) revealed its gender gap report last week, which worryingly showed that women won’t be paid the same as men for another 170 years. The authors say they hope the report 'will serve as a call to action for business to prioritise gender equality as a critical talent and moral imperative'.

They defined the combined gender gap by a combination of three things: the difference between women and men in participation in the workforce, the salary gap and earning differences for similar work, and the ability to get into skilled professional and leadership roles. Read the full WEF report

This week, CBI’s popular Great Business Debate explores the links between inclusion and employee engagement, inclusion and productivity, the role of leaders in promoting inclusion, what inclusive recruitment and progression practices look like and what an inclusive workplace will look like in the future. Share your opinions and join the debate at #bizdebate


We will be running a number of seminars and events for Working Forward members to support the four areas of the pledge.  

Managing risks for new and expectant mothers webinar
February 2017

All workplaces have risks that may affect the health and safety of new and expectant mothers and that of their child. There are specific laws that require employers to protect women from these risks, however there is often confusion about what steps need to be taken and how far an employer should go. If you have any questions about how to assess risks to new and expectant mothers, and the way you can remove them, join us for this webinar in conjunction with the Health and Safety Executive. 

Managing pregnancy and maternity in the Hotel industry
2pm on 23 February 2017

Hoteliers are invited to join Serena von der Heyde, owner of the Georgian House Hotel and Founder of the Hospitality Forum, for this event with other hoteliers to look at the challenges and opportunities within the sector.
Venue: 35-39 St Georges Drive, London, SW1V 4DG (Google maps)

Please register your interest in either event by emailing


Last updated: 13 Jan 2017