Business Competitiveness Programme

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive,

UK Automotive is undergoing an immense transformation and key to our success will be our people. A rich diversity of skills, perspectives and experience can give us a competitive advantage and that has to mean enhancing our diversity, never resting until everyone feels included and valued. SMMT Group needs to be representative of the industry it champions and the consumers it serves so our own workforce must be a mirror to broader society.

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) are important assets that businesses can apply to better engage, outperform and build traction within marketplaces, by helping them to reflect wider society more effectively and create more dynamic workplaces. Across the automotive industry, businesses are putting processes in place to make their workforces and, therefore, the sector more diverse, and are taking action to foster a more inclusive environment.

Diversity relates to increasing representation from a wide range of communities and groups.

Equity relates to ensuring that programmes and activities are fair and impartial, and that they provide equal possible outcomes for all employees, or participants.

Inclusion relates to how well the presence, contributions, and perspectives of different groups of people, are valued and integrated within your company.

DE&I helps to create an actively engaged environment, where everyone regardless of age, racial background, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, pregnancy and maternity, marital status, gender reassignment status, neurodiversity or any other difference, feels welcomed and supported in the workplace.

Actions that support DE&I will assist the automotive industry in developing initiatives that help companies of all sizes to adapt to build a better future. The automotive industry is changing rapidly, with the implementation of new technology and the shift to zero emission vehicles and sustainable mobility, which must be accessible for all communities. It is important that all businesses within the industry play their part to foster DE&I, as a crucial day-to-day business tool.

Diversity Equity and Inclusion workshop

SMMT will be hosting further DE&I workshops in 2024, details to follow.

SMMT’s DE&I Toolkit

Work has already begun to strengthen the resolve and commitment to be a truly inclusive industry. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is already championing equity through diversity and inclusion, which will help to increase traction, but there is still much more work to be done to fully harness inclusion, in all areas of diversity.

SMMT’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) Toolkit has been created to identify best practices for promoting DE&I within automotive companies. It provides guidelines for demonstrating an inclusive culture, and supports actions to help develop a truly inclusive industry agenda, as well as providing helpful tips and advice.

You can download the DE&I toolkit now by clicking on the image below.

Watch SMMT’s DE&I Toolkit Launch Webinar here (Password: 3a^Vl$#w)


Automotive Council – Shifting Gears: How to close the gender gap to drive business performance

The Automotive Council have launched a new best practice guide, Shifting Gears: How to better recruit and retain women in the UK automotive sector, to provide forward-thinking businesses across the industry – from car and commercial vehicle manufacturing to supply chain and the aftermarket – with the tools needed to improve gender diversity across all levels.







  • Deloitte

    At Deloitte, we want everyone to feel they can be themselves and to thrive at work—in every country, in everything we do, every day. This can only be achieved by providing a workplace culture characterized by inclusive everyday behaviours and built on a foundation of respect and appreciation for diversity in all its forms.


    Women at the wheel | Deloitte UK
    Closing the talent gap with women in the automotive sector | Deloitte Insights
    Inclusion and diversity | Deloitte | Global report
    Racial and ethnic inclusion | Deloitte | About Deloitte

  • EY UK

    Diversity, equity and inclusion are core to the EY purpose of building a better working world. We have been at the forefront of building a more equitable working world for 30+ years and our position as a global lead in DE&I stems from our leader’s and people’s commitment to DE&I.

    Our DE&I consulting services are insight driven, practical and designed to accelerate the achievement of systemic shifts for our clients.

    We have DE&I consulting and employment law specialists across the globe and are the founders of the National (UK) and Global Equality Standards.

    DE&I offering:

    Diagnostics and benchmarking including our National and Global Equality Standards.
    DE&I strategy development: supporting organisations to set direction
    Demographic data campaigns: supporting organisations with actionable insights
    DE&I Learning for all levels (instructor led and digital): building capability
    DE&I Intervention design: creating cultures of equity and inclusion


    How to harness the power of a diverse workforce | EY UK

    Case study: Real-time insights to drive culture change | EY – Global

    Diversity, equity and inclusiveness in private equity | EY – Global

    How to build an inclusive leader mindset and culture | EY – Global

    How four supply chain leaders fuel the pipeline for gender diversity | EY – Global

    Contact Information

    David Borland, UK&I Automotive Leader (

    Shaun Scantlebury, UK&I DE&I Consulting Leader (

    Antara Shah, UK&I DE&I consulting Business Development Leader, (

    Limitations may apply to organisations where EY is an auditor.

  • Grant Thornton

    A diverse and inclusive workplace culture is vital for building connections with clients and employees, driving resilience and building a competitive advantage. Developing a complete picture of where your organisation is today is essential in understanding how to create a more inclusive culture for the future.

    Our specialist diversity and inclusion advisory service helps you to understand your organisation’s current status, define your ambitions for the future and develop robust, practical strategies to get you there.


    Diversity and inclusion | Grant Thornton

    Contact Information

    James A Shields, Industrials BD Manager, Marketing and Business Development (, D +44 (0)1908 359589 | M +44 (0)7785 973000 | T +44 (0)1908 660666)

  • Mercer Marsh Benefits

    Mercer Marsh Benefits is the UK’s leading Employee Benefits and Career Services consulting business.  Attracting and retaining top talent remains difficult for many organisations, and after a turbulent period, now more than ever, organisations must put the employee at the centre of everything they do. There must be a clear value proposition for employees, and future talent, to answer “Why us?”, and to feel they belong and can thrive at work. Thriving employees work in an inclusive, flexible work environment with a strong sense of purpose and valued learning opportunities.

    DE&I offering:

    Ethnicity pay gap analysis and reporting
    DE&I metrics and dashboards
    Employee focus groups
    Inclusive leadership training
    Policy & practise benchmarking & audits


    Gender and Ethnicity Pay Report | Mercer

    How to Build a Sustainable Enterprise Mid Strategy | UK People Risk Report | Mercer

    Key Areas to Create Successful ESG Strategies | Mercer

    Contact Information

    Sam Wallace, Head of Automotive  ( | 07789030925)

  • Pinsent Mason

    Pinsent Masons is proud to be able to offer our clients specialist diversity and inclusion (D&I) advice through our own expert D&I consultancy, Brook Graham. Founded in 2004, Brook Graham has an international team of associate consultants with a proven track record in specialisms across all areas of D&I. Operating globally, and across all sectors, we provide bespoke services that are tailored to each client’s requirements and focus on driving measurable change to achieve tangible outcomes.

    Brook Graham helps our clients to claim the commercial rewards of building and sustaining diverse and inclusive organisations. This encompasses finding the best talent through employer brand, through to creating safe environments where everyone can be themselves at work, and using D&I practices to ensure that talent is retained and innovation flourishes.

    DE&I offering:

    Brook Graham covers a wide variety of D&I topics, including focus on areas such as creating inclusive cultures, neurodiversity in the work place, and achieving a balance between racial, ethnic and religious demographics. We have services such as the Women’s Career Development Programme, a D&I maturity assessment which can place you on our Maturity Model, and bespoke packages to suit client’s specific D&I needs. We also work with clients to deliver Conscious Inclusion Hubs (with every-day microlearning nudges).


    RAF’s diversity blunder highlights ‘positive action’ risk | Pinsent Mason

    McDonald’s signs agreement with EHRC to protect UK staff from harassment | Pinsent Mason

    Contact Information

    Kate Dodd, Legal Director, Head of Brook Graham ( | 07464 531 852)

    LinkedIn | Brook Graham