Adam has been the executive sponsor of Barclays’ employee network Spectrum (UK & Europe) for the past four years, becoming lead sponsor of Pride London and expanding Pride representation across the UK to more than 17 events.
No matter how much has been achieved, there will never be equality until there is no form of discrimination, whether known or unknown.
If you have a diverse senior leadership team and board, your company will perform better. We have millions of customers from different backgrounds – some have been born and raised in the UK, some are from outside the UK and some have disabilities so you need a workforce that reflects this diversity.
This is one of the reasons we try to make Barclays an inclusive and diverse place to work and to be personally recognised for playing a part in that feels great. Such awards continue to break down barriers – not just in terms of the LGBT community, but also ethnic minority groups and women.
But the job of promoting inclusion and diversity is far from done. No matter how much has been achieved, there will never be equality until there is no form of discrimination, whether known or unknown.
In the LGBT area, the next big issue will be around transgender individuals. We have been doing a lot of work in terms of the trans issue, but I think that is an area in which there is still progress to be made.