FDM are passionate about promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. They have been ranked 48th among the top 75 UK organisations dedicated to social mobility and remain committed to creating a workplace culture that celebrates and embraces the differences of all individuals.
Heather Blake, Changing Faces CEO, says: “We are delighted that Changing Faces has been chosen as FDM Group’s charity partner. Nearly one in five people in the UK self-identify as having a visible difference, and our research shows that they are often vulnerable to isolation, loneliness, social anxiety and self-esteem – facing significant disadvantage in all areas of their lives; from access to education and getting jobs, to receiving the healthcare they need.
Our partnership signifies a real commitment to better represent and support people with visible differences, so they feel seen, heard, and celebrated in the workplace and across wider society. Together, we will create a culture at FDM Group that values people for who they are, rather than judging them for how they look – leading the way for other businesses and brands to follow suit.”
The team at FDM launched our partnership with a Spinathon fundraiser across their UK centres. Collectively they cycled 4,000km – the distance to Corfu and back! A few tired legs later, the team raised over £2,500 for Changing Faces.
FDM also organised a pancake sale and book drive to mark National Storytelling Week. Colleagues donated books across their offices which were wrapped and labelled with three words to describe the story. The theme was ‘’don’t judge a book by its cover’’ and team members bought the books based on these three words.
With more plans in the pipeline, they will be organising fundraising and engagement events across the year as part of our partnership and their wider mission to create a culture of inclusion.
“FDM is built on the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion. We are committed to create and promote a work culture where every individual feels valued and empowered to be the best version of themselves. We are proud to partner with a charity like Changing Faces who share our passion for breaking biases and promoting inclusiveness.” – Sheila Flavell CBE (COO)