A key pillar in Virgin Media O2's strategy, Marwaha explained, is thinking about equity in the decision-making processes. "Our commitment is to take all of our employee policies and look at them through an equity lens, and where we can, try to remove any systemic barriers for all of our groups and our underrepresented staff," she said.
"This is about creating a workplace where people enjoy working here and can thrive"
"That's really what this is about – people just coming to work and feeling they can be themselves, and being supported by their employer. That's what I hope, ultimately, will be the outcome from all of these plans and strategies."
It seems that in the months since the merger, Virgin Media O2 has been on quite a journey, not only setting out to fulfil grand ambitions of shaking up the industry, but shaking up the DE&I scene too. In order to do so, they must be putting people at the heart of both plans, and they appear to be doing just that. As Marwaha concluded, Virgin Media O2's 'All In' strategy is "all about people, and about people's lives." Their strategy is more than a set of documents, it's about enacting societal change, and creating fundamental positive change.
What's clear from the company‘s commitment to a five-year-plan is that they are not treating these diversity and inclusion issues as a tick box exercise. They're determined to make a genuine difference to the lives of their people and, ultimately, if they're happy at work, they go out into the world and spread that in their communities and their families.
About Virgin Media O2
Around 17,500 people
Hammersmith, West London
Virgin Media O2 launched on June 1, 2021, combining the UK's largest and most reliable mobile network with a broadband network offering the fastest widely-available broadband speeds.
Virgin Media O2 has 47 million UK connections across broadband, mobile, TV and home phone.