International Consultants’ Day celebrated in Kingston by Caribbean industry leaders

11 June 2018

The Caribbean Institute of Certified Management Consultants in conjunction with the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes celebrated International Consultants’ Day on Thursday the 7th of June. 

Gathered at the Development Bank of Jamaica in Kingston, a diverse array of consultants from multiple areas of expertise, private sector professionals and individuals from the financial sector came together to celebrate International Consultants Day last week. The event drew crowds from all over the Caribbean, the US and Latin America.

Celebrated all around the world, International Consultants Day is a day to uplift the profession whilst both reflecting on past practice and preparing for the future. As an important link between the public and private sectors, consultants globally have a large role in advancing economic prosperity, development and social cohesion. 

The Jamaican event was run under the theme of ‘Management Consultants; Contributing to a better future for all’. Speaking at the event was Wayne Henry, Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica, who urged management consultants to always strive for excellence in their professional careers.

“Immediately, as you think of consultancy, you are adding capacity, and sometimes you may be engaged with entities that may have the capacity but don’t have the time. And at the end of the day, you have to add value, so if you engage a client and you are not enhancing the value, you are costing and not adding value,” Henry said. 

The director general also issued two pieces of advice for the management consultants in attendance. Have purpose and maintain integrity. "Don't just do things, and don't just accept jobs. Have a sense of purpose. If we say we are going to engage your services, you have to have a clear sense of what you do," he said.

International Consultants’ Day celebrated in Kingston by Caribbean industry leaders

The day of festivities brought together a number of key industry leaders including Harold Davis, the Deputy CEO of the JBDC, Andrea Livingston-Prince, the Founding VP of the Caribbean Institute of Certified Management Consultants (CICMCJ), Nsombi Jaja, CMC, and Clair Nelson, Jamaica’s inspiring sustainability engineer and social consultant. 

In addition to Kingston, the event was celebrated in Vienna, Austria, and Wellington among other places, connecting consultants globally. Chairman of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes, Sorin Caian, commented separately on how important it was for consultants worldwide to stick together.

“It is very clear that we have to make the best that we can do in order to keep our vision alive and to be the drivers of economic and social success. We can do this in a world where the political situation is very unstable and to do this, we have to keep our profession connected,” he said.

Caian continued; “Innovation is a must but its not something new for us because we are the profession that must reinvent ourselves more than any other profession. We have to take care of the technological improvements, all the advances and all the changes in the world as it is today, because its the most rapid changes that we’ve ever had the chance to meet and most probably its going to be one of the most rapid changes in history.”

“We are celebrating not only our profession and ourselves but all the other stakeholders related to our profession, the clients and the other bodies which are interconnected. We are celebrating our day in an environment which is full of challenges, but we are fully equipped and fully prepared to face all of these challenges.We have to keep our profession strong and we have to keep our people, part of that.”

The consulting industry show of force for Mexican workplace diversity

20 November 2018

Some of the world’s largest consulting firm’s have joined the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s five year in-the-making Workplace Equality Program, demonstrating the industry’s determination to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Diverse and inclusive workplaces benefit both companies and economies as a whole. They promote engagement, attract a greater talent pool and improve decision making as there is a broader range of knowledge across sectors. Whilst the uptake in equality policies – especially for LGBTI+ people – has been slow in comparison to Europe and North America, Latin American businesses are beginning to capitalize on the many benefits that accompany equality.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation released the results of Equidad MX Best Places to Work LGBT 2018 – with the help of local diversity consulting outfit FVConsulting – outlining a number of companies that represent the top standards of equality. HRC Equidad MX promotes three strategic pillars to improve equality across workplaces. They include; the adoption of nondiscrimination policies, the creation of employee resource groups or diversity and inclusion council, and engagement in public activities to support LGBT inclusion.

“Corporate leaders in Mexico increasingly recognize that when they stand up for LGBT people, including their own employees, customers, and consumers, they promote justice while also serving their bottom line,” said Francisco Robledo and Fernando Velázquez of HRC Equidad MX Implementing Partners.

The consulting industry show of force for Mexican workplace diversity

The consulting industry overall exemplified best practice and joined industry heavyweights such as AT&T, Google and Walmart. At the top of the list, scoring 100% on their assessment is Accenture, EYIBM and The Boston Consulting Group who join 28 other businesses. Together, the group accounts for over half a million workers throughout the country. They were also joined by out-performers McKinsey & Company and Oliver Wyman who were also celebrated for their achievements.

“We are proud to witness the growth of LGBT-inclusive businesses throughout Mexico. This year’s honorees keenly understand that the economy of the future is built with the diverse talent of today, and that LGBT inclusion is key to attracting and retaining the best workforce,” said Deena Fidas, HRC Director of HRC Equidad MX and HRC Foundation’s Workplace Equality Program.

“Mexican multinational companies have enormous economies and employ thousands of people. This gives them the ability to influence change on this issue in a unique way, and we are delighted to recognize them for this commitment.”

Inclusion and diversity

The report states that the reasons for driving change and move into line with the global standards of inclusion and diversity can aid international growth. Anti-discrimination policies can allow businesses to align with key investors and supplier standards, eliminating barriers to trade and mobility of talent.

For example, as over 80% of Fortune 500 companies prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, a lack of policy itself may be a barrier to trade in general. For Mexico in particular, the country itself has been plagued by a high level of gender inequality driven by machismo.

Described in an A.T. Kearney report last year as one of the main factors in a lack of workplace diversity in Mexico. Machismo is a large barrier to the economic benefits which diversity will bring to the Mexican economy. The report identified that the prevalence of a ‘macho' culture itself is hindering Mexican workplace growth and productivity.

That being said, the growth in partners and participants for Equidad MX shows that times are changing. “HRC Equidad MX 2019 is an unprecedented moment for LGBT inclusion in Mexico and the Latin American region,” Robledo and Velázquez concluded.