5 Oct 2021

Should Religion be on Your D&I Agenda in India?

A Catalyst webinar featuring Community Business’ pioneering research on religious diversity in the workplace in India.


Community Business is delighted to partner with Catalyst to facilitate a bold discussion on religious diversity in the workplace in India.

In addition to presenting highlights from its pioneering research on this topic, Community Business will facilitate a panel discussion with subject matter experts, including Mark Fowler, CEO of Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, to explore why and how companies should address religion as part of their overall D&I agenda in India. 







Knowledge Partner:

This event is open to Catalyst Supporters. To register, click here.

Download Community Business' pioneering research, Fostering Religious Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace in India.

Practical Information

  • 05.10.21
    9.30am – 10.30am EST and 7pm – 8pm IST
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Event Speakers

  • Kate Vernon

    Kate Vernon

    Executive Director at Community Business
  • Rev Mark Fowler

    Rev Mark Fowler

    CEO, Tanenbaum

Executive Director at Community Business

Kate Vernon

Kate Vernon is Executive Director at Community Business. Since 2005, Kate has played an instrumental role in building Community Business as an organisation, driving its strategy forward and establishing its position as a leader in advancing responsible and inclusive business practices in Asia.

A recognised authority on diversity and inclusion in Asia, Kate has authored extensive research and developed a variety of benchmarks and tools to help companies promote more inclusive workplaces in Asia - including Asia’s first LGBT Workplace Inclusion Index. A strong advocate of ‘adopting an Asian lens’ to the discussion of D&I, Kate is passionate about the need to better understand local market dynamics in order to develop an approach that resonates with key stakeholders.

Prior to Community Business, Kate worked for 12 years in the private sector, holding senior international marketing positions for global companies such as Reed Elsevier, Aspect Telecommunications, Cable & Wireless and PeopleSoft. Kate has always had a passion for Asia and holds a first class degree in Chinese Studies from Durham University. After spending 8 years in Hong Kong, she now lives with her family in England.

CEO, Tanenbaum

Rev Mark Fowler

As the CEO of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, it is a privilege to reflect back on the many years of partnership in which Tanenbaum and Community Business have engaged. Through numerous years, countries and projects, Tanenbaum has been proud to support Community Business’ endeavours - and this current body of research is no exception.

Tanenbaum promotes justice and builds respect for religious difference by transforming individuals and institutions to reduce prejudice, hatred and violence. Even as “workplaces” have evolved rapidly during the past year, this much remains true on a global scale - religious diversity needs to be part of our strategic approach to addressing diversity, equity and inclusion and, far too often, it is not.

For many, the concept of religious diversity sounds uniquely American and inapplicable to India. And yet, as with many aspects of identity and culture, it can be easier to see the relevance or applicability in other places than to see how those same or similar challenges are present in our own societies and workplaces. While religious diversity may look different in the United States or India, while we may use different terms to discuss or relate to it, we are all human and, therefore, we are each made up of complex identities.

When we arrive to the workplace, or join our colleagues online, we bring those complex identities with us. When we connect with our colleagues and clients, we do so from the lens of our lived experiences - which often includes a relationship with religion and/or spirituality, including perhaps through culture, practice, or belief. The more we intentionally increase our awareness of this lens, to consider the influence our identities and the complex identities of the people around us have on each other, the more respectful we can be to our colleagues and ourselves.