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Diversity and inclusion

We should all feel comfortable with our true selves. That’s why Bentley is committed to ensuring that diversity and inclusion is a key part of our company ethos.

Diversity is about ensuring that our business reflects our society – and customers – and that we embrace this in a way that has a positive impact on our colleagues business, stakeholders and customers.

Inclusiveness is about each and every one of us feeling comfortable bringing our true selves to work each day - not put our real selves on hold as we walk through the factory gate.

As we work towards our Beyond 100 strategy – where we have set ourselves the target of 30% diverse candidates in management by 2025 – enhancing diversity and inclusion within our workplace will help us to understand, develop, attract and embrace the future talents, ideas and customers who will help us achieve success with our next generation of Bentleys.

And as part of the wider Volkswagen family it’s also fundamentally important that each and everyone of us is a role model for integrity. 

We know these topics also matter to our colleagues and that as a global organisation we have a responsibility to drive positive change. That’s why all of our managers have now gone through our “Diversity Wins” training programme – which will be made available to all colleagues in 2022.

 

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Zero tolerance

Bentley takes a zero tolerance stance on racism and any other form of prejudice or discrimination. We are proud to employ colleagues from 52 different nationalities and we support diversity and inclusion in all forms: irrespective of race, age, gender, background, sexual orientation, nationality or ethnicity, mental or physical disabilities, or beliefs.

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Living Diversity & Inclusion at Bentley

We’re establishing a Colleague Diversity & Inclusion Network with a number of chapters to help drive our diversity and inclusion programmes forward.

Our initial focus is on LGBTQ+ topics, Women in Automotive and a BeUnited group focusing on BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) themes.

Any Colleagues who are interested in joining these groups or shaping other chapters to get in touch via be-inclusive@bentley.co.uk

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THE POWER OF MENTORING

We're supporting the development of the next generation of female talent, Bentley Motors has kicked off a bespoke mentoring programme for female students in the fields of technology, engineering, design and business.

Following the successful launch in the UAE last year, the programme is now being rolled out in the UK as part of Bentley’s strategy to encourage more women to consider the range of careers available in the automotive industry.

The launch event, named ‘Extraordinary Women’, brought together students from four UK partner universities; Crewe UTC and experts from within the business. Chaired by senior automotive journalist, Erin Baker and with the support of Bentley’s Member of the Board for Human Resources, Karen Lange, and Professor Georgina Harris from Arden University, the event consisted of three panel talks and the opportunity for the students to pitch a wide-range of questions about STEM careers, opportunities in automotive and how to bring more women into the industry to the panel.

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