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

Diversity and inclusion in UK retail: where are we now and what comes next?

Diversity & Inclusion

Depending on which research you believe, women control 70% to 80% of retail purchasing decisions. And yet, leadership in the UK retail industry remains very much male dominated. Likewise, retail leadership is hugely non-representative of the UK population...

Celebrating inspiring leadership: launching Role Models in Consumer Goods and Grocery

Consumer Goods & Services

This year has been one like no other for the consumer goods and grocery sector. With the pressure to keep the country moving and feed the nation, our sector has responded with resilience and strength – with role models stepping up to do the right thing....

Launching the Women to Watch and Advocates for Change in Hospitality, Travel & Leisure Index 2020

Diversity & Inclusion

What a year it has been for the hospitality, travel and leisure sector! At the beginning of this year, no one would have predicted that HTL companies in 2020 would have no customers, zero revenue and government-imposed restrictions on every aspect of...

Reflecting on Black History Month in 2020: a leap forward, but a long road ahead

Diversity & Inclusion

Black History Month was founded in the UK in October 1987, organised through the leadership of Akyaaba Addai-Sebo, an officer of the Greater London Council. Since this time, year after year, Black History Month has been a chance to celebrate Black voices...

The power of networking: celebrating Meat Business Women

Consumer Products

This week, I had the privilege of attending the Meat Business Women conference. As with all events in the last few months, I imagined the conference looked a little different from previous years. Nevertheless, it was an inspiring day full of powerful...

Covid-19’s impact on diversity and inclusion in the hospitality, travel and leisure sector: a special MBS Report, produced in partnership with WiHTL and PwC

Diversity & Inclusion

Over the last few years, the travel, leisure and hospitality sector has been making some real strides on diversity and inclusion. By the end of 2019, there was hardly a business in the sector not taking D&I seriously – and investors, boards and...