Mentore was founded in 2012 in response to the heightened need to address the slow progress in achieving gender equality on boards of the UK’s biggest companies. Mentore’s initial and continued aim is to provide mentoring programmes to FTSE 100 organisations to accelerate the number of women reaching the most senior positions.
Initial successes lead to requests from clients for broader advice on practical solutions and action that would drive results and change across an organisation and how to create the support from other stakeholders.
Our focus broadened to looking at cultures, organisational aspects impacting on inclusion and working across the different stakeholder groups.
We now help clients address their culture, behaviours and leadership to enable companies to retain, develop and attract a diversity of senior talent.
Our expert team consults with FTSE 100 companies and global organisations on their broader approach to managing diversity and inclusion. By drawing on knowledge of best practice and latest insights, Mentore brings ideas, experience and pragmatic, proven solutions to clients to drive transformational change and build inclusive cultures and diverse teams.
“Over 50% of business leaders said they need to do more to attract, retain and promote women to leadership positions” (EY)
“Bridging the UK gender gap in work could add up to £150 billion to GDP in 2025” (McKinsey)
“35% growth in UK GDP, if women’s productivity and employment equalled men’s” (Women’s Business Council)
“Equality for women in the labour force would add $28 trillion to the global economy by 2025” (McKinsey)
“Gender diverse companies are 15% more likely to outperform” (McKinsey)
“Global economic gender equality will not be achieved for another 170 years” (World Economic Forum)
Mentore is an expert in the field of diversity, inclusion and gender balanced leadership, regularly contributing to the debate with insightful views on trends, issues and solutions.
Thanks to many individuals and organisations that have championed workplace equality, it is now widely accepted that balanced leadership teams are imperative for business performance. This has resulted in real change in the makeup of FTSE350 boards.
And yet, despite progress made in recent years at Board level, the UK still has a significant way to go in improving women’s participation at the senior executive levels of our biggest companies.
Mentore plays an active and collaborative role by supporting and partnering with a number of organisations in order to drive momentum and ensure diversity remains at the forefront of the UK’s business agenda. The organisations that Mentore are partnering and supporting include:
Women on Boards and Mentore collaborate on events to raise the profile of those women seeking to become Non-Executive Directors. The series of FTSE NED Breakfasts is particularly successful at connecting women with the Executive Search firms and providing real stories and experiences offering women greater insight as to how they can best prepare and position themselves for their NED careers.
Mentore’s Chief Executive Emma Avignon is a member of the Women’s Business Council’s Men as Change Agents Group and actively participates in developing strategies to fully engage men in tackling gender inequality in the workplace
Emma provides advice on the practical actions men and women can take to create a more inclusive company culture and promote diversity solutions
Mentore collaborates with the CBI on how to better engage the women across its network increasing diversity and is a Diversity Partner to the CBI for its 2017 Annual Conference
Emma Avignon is part of the Steering Group of BAB UK Women’s network, contributing to the annual series of events and acting as a point of advice to BAB on diversity topics