England international cricketer, Ravi Bopara, and McDonald’s franchisee, Atul Pathak, joined Deloitte employees and clients to celebrate Diwali, as the firm’s month long diversity celebrations came to a close.
The evening kicked off with a panel debate with Ravi Bopara and influential Hindu business leaders including Atul Pathak. Atul discussed how diversity is beneficial in the workplace, citing the 1,500 people that he employs, who are employed on the basis of their ability to connect with customers, regardless of their qualifications or background. In addition, Atul spoke about his own faith and how this influences the strong emphasis that he places on being a socially responsible business owner. England cricketer Ravi Bopara spoke about the lack of representation of Indian diversity in UK sport and the impact that his cultural background has had on his career.
Speaking about the event, Atul Pathak said: “Diversity and inclusion are central to the operation of my business. It is the collective diversity of my 1,500 employees that enables me to provide the best level of customer care at my restaurants, which are also located in some of the most diverse areas in the capital. I commend Deloitte’s Hindu Network for hosting an event to share positive experiences of culture and diversity in business and to celebrate Diwali.”
After the panel debate, guests were encouraged to celebrate Diwali into the evening with traditional Indian dancing and the Mela, which included Indian massages, food and drink. An auction raised over £2,000 for Deloitte’s charity partners with cricket equipment signed by Ravi Bopara attracting some of the highest bids.