Will integration lead to equality?

By Kirsty Wardlaw, ‎Marketing Development & CSR Executive at Allianz Global Assistance UK

At Allianz Global Assistance we work closely with a wide range of incredible charities, community groups and schools which demonstrate the rich cultural diversity of London and of Croydon, where our head office is based. We actively encourage our employees to participate in community life and to make a difference wherever they can.

Within this work, I see a huge difference in the expectations and ambitions of the young people we meet. To me, a socially integrated society would be one where the aspirations of our young people, whatever their backgrounds, are equal. Where they feel confident that they can achieve whatever is important to them, not through a sense of entitlement but through hard work, perseverance and equal opportunities. Not only this, an integrated society would be one where the rest of the community, employers, educators, sports clubs, social clubs, family and friends facilitate this by providing our young people with the support, guidance and skills to help them do this.

I look forward to contributing to the Social Integration Commission and to exploring and developing the ways to achieve this goal.

Kirsty is a member of the Commission's Employers Working Group

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