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

Morning Plenary

The morning kicks off with some personal stories from leaders across our industry and beyond. We’ll encourage everyone to step outside of their own experience and consider D&I from a different perspective, tackling some tricky discussion topics in an informed way.

Welcome + Kick Off

June opens the day speaking about her own work in D&I, the work of the D&I in Grocery programme and offers some thoughts and reflections on Black History Month.

Stories to Inspire

The powerful, personal stories that our speakers have to share offer food for thought for the day ahead. Ash will share learnings from his mental health journey, while Bobbi will share her story to raise awareness around trans issues.

In conversation with

The morning continues with a fireside chat during which Dame Sharon White reflects on her experiences of inclusion and diversity working across different organisations, each with their different cultures.

Real Talk: Language, labels and D&I progress.

Be prepared to join the debate and share your views as we discuss whether language and labelling helps or hinders D&I progress.

We’ll navigate the topic of inclusive language and the tricky balancing act between terms intended to be more inclusive and respectful, and the lack of consensus that leaves some people feeling like they may inadvertently “say the wrong thing”.

Breakout Rotations

For the middle section of the day, our delegates will split into three groups and attend the following agenda sessions on rotation. Each session provides an incredible opportunity to network, learn from what our 38 sponsors are doing in the D&I space and take away learnings that you can implement for yourself.

LIVE! Labs

Take your pick!

Speed Networking

You decide!

Lunch & Mindfulness

Yes, yes, yes!

Afternoon Plenary

Return to the afternoon plenary full of motivation and ready to hear from people who have made change happen.

Change Makers Panel + Q&A

Three pioneers in D&I progress share their story and illustrate how we can make change happen, despite the challenges of culture and accessibility.

Headline Speaker

One of Britain’s greatest Paralympic athletes, we are honoured that Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson joins us to share her story of courage and determination, which led her to the title of Britain’s most successful wheelchair racer. Now, as a working peer, Tanni uses her experience and knowledge to discuss matters including Disability Rights, Welfare Reform, and of course, Sport.

Event Close

We close the day reflecting on some of the key learnings that we’ve heard and encourage personal and organisational accountability to drive progress further, faster.


Networking Drinks

Join us in the Lioness Bar to network, make connections and keep the conversation flowing.

“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

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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