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The success of a business depends on its people and we are committed to providing equality of opportunity to every employee and potential employee in all areas of employment.

The Group benefits from having a workforce reflecting the composition of the local communities in which it operates. The Group takes its responsibilities with regard to equality, inclusion and diversity seriously and expects employees at all levels to not only respect and observe this, but also to take personal responsibility for driving equality, inclusion and diversity.

We have an Equality and Diversity policy, which applies to all employees and is a key part of our recruitment process to ensure that we recruit high-calibre individuals matched to the requirements of the role we wish them to undertake, irrespective of gender, age, race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin or disability.

As a consumer-focused business, we recognise the value that a diverse mix of people provides us with, particularly in terms of consumer insights, but also in terms of driving business performance. Diversity is key to the success of the Group, with emphasis not only on gender but also on culture, nationality and experience.

See page 37 of ARA 2020 for our diversity figures for the Board, Group Leadership team, Senior Management, female managers and the Group overall as at 30 September 2020. The Board has committed to working towards 33% female composition.

As a Group, we harness the experience, knowledge and points of view of employees representing various generations. The graph opposite shows the split for employee population by generation as at 30 September 2020. The proportion of employees under the age of 30 remained at 20%, while the employees aged over 50 has risen by 1% to 14%. The average age of employees across the Group remained 39.