A day like no other, designed by the industry for the industry with one key goal- 

make diversity everyone’s business.

What's included?

Tickets are £175+vat per person

Connect Learn Inspire

Friday 15th October 2021

Over 1,000 FMCG professionals will come together to connect, learn and inspire change in D&I practice across the grocery sector.

Tackling important and difficult topics, the unique format of the day is a product of grassroots passion and collaboration of over 35 of the biggest industry brands. Attendees will leave with enhanced knowledge and understanding of how to bring D&I to their workplace along with the drive to take action and enact change.

If you are currently creating a truly inclusive culture, wherever you are on the journey, this event will help and isn’t just for D&I professionals. Bring people from across the business to gain new understanding and come away with actions to help you meet your company objectives.

D&I in Grocery LIVE! Agenda

Breakouts: LEARN

Friday 15th October




Morning Plenary: CONNECT

Bringing people together from across the industry to hear inspiring stories.


Introduction & welcome


Stories to Inspire:
My Mental Health Journey - Ash Amirahmadi

My Transgender Journey and Activism - Bobbi Pickard


In conversation with… Dame Sharon White DBE


The Great Debate: Language and Labels – a help or hindrance for D&I progress?
Hosted by Mallika Basu
– John Elliott (Sainsburys)
– Julie Thomas (Coca-Cola Europacific Partners)
– Justin Alexander (Tesco)
– Lorraine Copes (Be Inclusive Hospitality)

Breakouts: LEARN

Bringing people together from across the industry to hear inspiring stories.


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Speed Networking – A fast paced environment where you will exchange ideas and discuss best practice, hoested by Major Sponsors with over 20 topics to choose from. Click here to view the Speed Networking topics and plan your session.

Live Labs – Choose two out of 10 25 minute learning sessions presented by Headline Sponsors Click here to view the Live Lab topics and plan your session.

Lunch – Take time to reflect on what you’ve heard and make new connections over lunch

Mindfulness – ‘Press pause’ and take a moment to experience Mindfulness with a guided session

Up Close and Personal – A D&I download with leaders to gauge their personal perspective on creating an inclusive culture and the importance of D&I to them.

Afternoon Plenary: INSPIRE CHANGE

Hear how others have been a catalyst for change and form your own plan to make a difference on a personal, professional, orgniastional and industry-wide level


In conversation with… George The Poet


Change Makers Panel Hosted by June Sarpong OBE Panel:

– Sam Akinluyi (Psalt & Innocent)

– Craig Jones MBE (Fighting with Pride)

– Sam Latif (Procter & Gamble)


Closing Remarks & CTA

Drinks Reception & Networking


Drinks Reception & Networking

“No other event in the calendar pulls our industry together in this way; inspiring and challenging us all to do better in the areas of diversity & inclusion. None of us have the all the answers, but by sharing and learning from each other we can become more inclusive leaders and better nurture diversity in our organisations. If you’re passionate about driving diversity and inclusion, this event will help you reach your goal. “
Vincent Barnes
Global Tesco Director, Procter & Gamble
“D&I is everyone’s business and I am delighted to join together as a total industry to combine the impact we can have in ensuring that working in grocery means working in an inclusive environment – where everyone can be themselves, have mutual respect, understanding and be the best that they can be”
Alessandra Bellini
Chief Customer Officer. Tesco PLC

A day like no other, designed by the industry, for the industry. Make sure you have your say – tell us what you’d like to see whether it's speaker, topics or key questions to which you are searching for the answers.

Previous Event Highlights

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Being Colour Brave

Watch Ugo Ojike’s Story to Inspire recorded at D&I in Grocery 2020

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Leaders Panel Discussion

Four senior leaders discuss D&I in our industry, recorded at D&I in Grocery 2020

This programme and the associated event is held in aid of GroceryAid, the charity for the grocery industry. GroceryAid is the trading name of the National Grocers Benevolent Fund. A Registered Charity Reg. No 1095897 (England & Wales) & SC039255 (Scotland). A company limited by guarantee, registered in England & Wales No 04620683.

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