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IEDP Issue  90                                                                                     April 2021

A word from the Chair

Hello everyone, 

Hello and welcome to the slightly late April Newsletter. 

April proved to be yet another month that for many offered a degree of uncertainty coupled with the anxiety produced when we keep hearing alarming news about COVID-19: on the one hand there’s the optimism of the UK starting to ease out of lockdown, while on the other there’s the news of various countries around the world struggling with rising levels. 

One of the things that arises at times like these is the need for more compassion, understanding and ultimately the need to be more ‘present’. Covid has affected everyone in a multitude of different ways and will continue to do so. 

Not everyone will deal with the impact of the pandemic in the same way and it’s important to remember that when dealing with others. This is especially important in an organisational context as leaders, managers and supervisors etc as people start to return to work in some form.
It’s always helpful to keep empathy and kindness at the forefront when engaging with colleagues and team members but it’s even more important at times like this when stress and anxiety is maybe affecting people’s ability to function in the same way that they used to. 

As we in the uk start to return to the new normal put wellbeing at the forefront...start by listening more, both by checking in on yourself and listening to others around you.

As a final note, you’ll notice that we’ve included links to three really good reports that we think are worth your time… enjoy!

If any of you would like to contribute an opinion piece please send us an email at


Denise Rabor, IEDP Chair 

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Managing Multi Cultural Teams

The CIPD is the professional body for HR and people development. The registered charity champions better work and working lives and has been setting the benchmark for excellence in people and organisation development for more than 100 years.

Find out more

Building on a culture of belonging – 2020 PwC Diversity & Inclusion Transparency report 

By publishing this report, they are sharing their story and holding themselves accountable for transformative progress by sharing what has worked well and acknowledging what hasn’t.

Find out more

European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination

Including summaries in English, French and German. Gender equality and the collaborative economy.

Find out more

Microsoft partners with UK government and SeeAbility to support people with disabilities to find jobs, skill up support workers and tackle social isolation

Microsoft is partnering with the UK Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to help jobseekers with disabilities get support and guidance when looking for employment.

Read More
Why the UK is lagging behind on parental leave

The government could learn lessons from other jurisdictions to improve the uptake of SPL, say Dónall Breen and Raoul Parekh. 

Read More

Meet The World's First Inclusive Deodorant For People With Visual Impairment And Upper Limb Disabilities

A bit of lighter news for you! 

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What HR managers need to know about misogynoir

The idea of intersectionality and individuals facing discrimination because of a mix of their gender, ethnicity and sexuality is still not fully recognised by firms, say Stuart Affleck and Bianca Moodie

Read More
Stephen: The Murder That Changed a Nation


Check out this documentary series examining the murder of Stephen Lawrence. The first episode focuses on the run-up to Stephen's murder and the police investigation that followed.

Watch here
PODCAST: The New Activist

From IJM comes The New Activist podcast. Each week, you’ll hear from the activists and world changers tackling some of the world’s biggest problems.

Listen here
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And finally...

We hope you enjoyed reading this newsletter and would welcome any feedback or suggestions about how we could improve it for the benefit of our members. If you have any ideas for future editions or would be interested in writing an item for the next issue please contact the IEDP office on: 

The deadline for contributions to the next issue is 15 May 2021. Please circulate this newsletter to anyone who may be interested in our work or who may wish to join the Institute.
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