Barings to support OCC series: Migrations – all our voices
In June 2019 the Oxford Cultural Collective (OCC) launched Migrations: all our voices, a series of events that celebrate the positive contributions of generations of migrants who have shaped the UK’s rich and diverse culture. Crucially, at a time of growing uncertainty for many in minority groups resulting from political and constitutional upheaval, this hard-hitting series stimulates meaningful reflection on the place of migrants in British society.
Barings has joined forces with OCC and EP to stage a year-long series of events that will acknowledge the creative and productive energy of its diverse, international workforce.
Using food as a medium for cultural expression, the events will reflect Barings’ position as a global firm with local roots. They will encourage reflection on the values and attributes that enable success for those working in a culturally diverse business environment and will reinforce the company’s commitment to inclusion and education.
Each event will feature a prominent food writer or chef, whose work reveals a rich and nuanced picture of a particular culture. In discussion with Donald Sloan of the Oxford Cultural Collective, they will explore issues such as breaking down cultural barriers, enhancing understanding and respect and the importance of shared experiences.
Participants will enjoy dinners, designed by the guest chefs and prepared by Barings’ in-house team, which will provide a taste of their culture, and there will be time for discussion on issues raised.
For Donald Sloan, food is the perfect medium for cultural exploration: “Food often reflects our heritage, speaks of who we are and is a source of pride. Most importantly, it is over food that we relax, learn about each other and strengthen our bonds. What could be more appropriate in a fast-paced work environment in which positive working relationships with colleagues and clients are vital.”