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32 GLOBAL DIVERSITY Leaders in Global Diversity Leaders in Global Diversity Unilever, as an employer of around 100 nationalities, ensures that diversity works for everyone - employees and consumers alike. Diversity is central to the ‘multilocal, multinational’ nature of the business. The way Unilever approaches diversity is different to many organisations. Unilever does not assess it’s performance in terms of ‘quotas’. Physical diversity - differences like gender, nationality, race and disability - is important. But the Unilever focus is on building an inclusive culture, ensuring that everyone feels that they are valued, belong and can make a difference. P&G touches lives and improves life all around the world. In order to live up to these goals and be “in touch” with their global markets, customers and business partners, P&G require a diverse work force. That’s why they are proud of their long tradition of valuing, trusting and respecting diversity. P&G recognise the direct link between engaging the unique talents of its employees and the Company’s success, both in the short and long term. Diversity, therefore, is a fundamental component of their “How to Win” business strategy for success. HP purely on Global ‘Supplier Diversity’ HP is applying the expertise it has developed in the United States to other markets, including Canada, France, Germany, South Africa and the UK. HP will continue to broaden the scope of its programme internationally, working with governments and various organisations to establish local definitions for underrepresented businesses, taking into account sensitivities regarding this issue. In 2006, HP established a team of local supplier diversity “champions” in France, Germany and the UK to implement HP’s sourcing activities locally. HP also enhanced its web-based supplier registration tool to facilitate the registration of Canadian, French, German, and UK based business enterprises. HP received a research grant from The Copenhagen Centre to participate in “Small Suppliers in Global Supply Chains - Partnerships for Competitive Sustainability,” a programme funded and sponsored by the EU Commission. HP has requested its suppliers to identify their small- and medium-sized business suppliers in Central and Eastern Europe to participate in the programme. Objectives include establishing the business case for social and environmental responsibility and creating regional best practice forums for their secondtier suppliers. In its continued comm