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

Was the “Summer of 2020” a turning point? Reflecting on race, racism and the inclusion & diversity agenda

Diversity & Inclusion

One highlight of this past August for me was going to the cinema for the first time since lockdown 2020, and watching the film Summer of Soul. In 1969, a club singer, concert promoter and raconteur named Tony Lawrence convinced the New York City Parks...

How to recruit with diversity at front of mind

Diversity & Inclusion

In partnership with WiHTL, The MBS Group is delighted to publish the Recruiting for Diversity Toolkit - a 10-point guide best practice when it comes to hiring as a tool for improving organisational diversity and...

Inclusion at the core of recovery: the WiHTL 2021 Annual Report

Diversity & Inclusion

The MBS Group is delighted to present Inclusion at the core of recovery: the WiHTL 2021 Annual Report bringing you the latest in-depth research on the state of Diversity & Inclusion in the Hospitality, Travel & Leisure industry from The MBS Group,...

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...