Diversity & Inclusion

Our commitment to driving greater diversity and inclusion in the consumer sectors

D&I champions for over thirty years

The MBS Group is proud to partner with businesses across consumer sectors globally to develop diverse leadership teams, ensuring their senior executive and non-executive leaders are as diverse as their workforce and customers


What D&I means to us

We take a broad view when it comes to diversity. Gender, ethnicity, social mobility, sexual orientation, age, nationality, disability and neurodiversity are all important factors to promote diversity of thought. So too, are the career paths leaders have followed, including sector and functional experience.


Why it matters

Ultimately, our view at The MBS Group is simple: businesses that fail to prioritise diversity and inclusion – especially now – will suffer as they find themselves outrun by their more forward-thinking competitors. This practically manifests itself through both a commercial performance, and a ‘moral compass’, lens

What we're doing about it

At the core of everything we do

We put D&I at the heart of each and every mandate – from start to finish – and we commit that every longlist we present will contain at least 50% diverse candidates


Actively tracking diverse talent

We actively track and mentor diverse talent the world over – from up-and-comers to established board members – across the consumer sectors, and in all key functions


Borne out in our results

Over the last three years we are proud to have advised on the appointment of over 100 female, black or ethnic minority leaders into critical roles within our sectors


Partnering with others

We work with external bodies at the forefront of their industries to actively help shape the D&I agenda, making our sectors spaces within which all talent can thrive. Ongoing partnerships include the British Retail Consortium, IGD and WiHTL.


Active in the community

Our partners and directors play an active role in driving diversity in our sectors. For example, our leaders at MBS sit on the WiHTL Advisory Board and are a longstanding judge on the prestigious Veuve Clicquot businesswoman awards - and we are an early signatory to the UK Government’s Code of Conduct.


Holding up a mirror to the sector

In partnership with PwC, through extensive, in-depth interviews and research, we are supporting our sectors by producing the definitive data on D&I in our sectors – as well as highlighting pockets of best practice and nuanced challenges.


MBS Intelligence

Our latest research, analysis and thinking about diversity and inclusion

“The key to solving disability inequality is business”: in conversation with Caroline Casey, founder at The Valuable 500

Diversity & Inclusion

It was in January 2021 that I interviewed Sara Weller for my Boards of the Future manifesto. I have known Sara, who is former MD at Argos and is now on her fourth FTSE 100 Board role, for about 20 years, so when we spoke, I was completely taken aback to...

An image of an office with blurred figures in suits walking along a walkway. Three of the figures wear high heels.

14 million workdays: Why it’s time for employers to start discussing menopause

Diversity & Inclusion

Around this time last year, Channel 4 aired an important documentary. Davina McCall: Sex, Myths and the Menopause lifted the lid on a topic that had previously be shrouded in stigma and misinformation, dispelling myths around the menopause, its symptoms...

Women in a wheel chair modelling adaptive clothing

Adaptive fashion: the $400bn opportunity to embrace Disability inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion

You might think that any product category expected to be worth $400bn by 2026 would be impossible to ignore. But adaptive fashion – the term given to clothing that is tweaked to suit the needs of Disabled people – has historically been overlooked by...

Sinead Burke, a white, visibly Disabled woman, stands in front of a brick wall in a teal Gucci suit.

Why disability inclusion is an investment, not a cost: in conversation with Sinéad Burke, CEO and Founder at Tilting the Lens  

Diversity & Inclusion

Writing for Vogue in March last year, journalist and model Madison Lawson recounted her experience at New York Fashion Week. “At one point,” she wrote, “my personal assistant had to throw me over her shoulder and drag my chair up the steps behind...

Looking in the mirror: kickstarting the conversation on diversity, equity and inclusion in the beauty industry

Consumer Products

The beauty industry has never been more exciting or vibrant than it is today. This week alone, we’ve seen Dolce & Gabbana commit to investing €300m in the category to take production in-house; ecommerce giant Boohoo launch its own range, and Coty...

Movement of the needle: inclusion and diversity in the consumer goods and grocery sector

Consumer Products

Two years ago, we set out to analyse the state of inclusion and diversity in the consumer goods and grocery sector. At that point, conversations were not advanced, and schemes to promote inclusion were few and far between. Most businesses understood the...