Levelling Up Goals

Levelling Up Goals

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LUG is an ESG initiative for companies, not about govt policy change (similar to SMP, possibly replaces it?). Amazon is a member! Lots of Tory MPs, some Labour, and a lot of university vice-chancellors involved (inc Kiran Trehan). York Uni are leading on ‘developing measures to track the progress of the goals’, and ‘consultation is currently underway to shape the sub-goals and targets that will form each Goal’. Good time to engage to persuade JG to tweak some of the goals and framing? For example, goal 14 (achieve equality, through diversity & inclusion) is about ‘creating a level playing field on opportunity for all, to fully unleash Britain’s potential for the first time’, but you can’t just do this through D&I (although arguably other goals do cover it).

Looks like a mixture of fair process (e.g. 5,6), outcomes (e.g. 8) and opportunities (most of them). Also a mixture of weak and strong meritocracy… Rather than referencing this in the manifesto, could use the manifesto as a theoretical basis for critiquing the ways in which it is inconsistent and inadequate (as well as that it is not focused on policy); or is it better to act as a critical friend to it?? Talk to di:ga about this… As it’s still being developed, is it not better to engage at this point and to help to make it as good as possible?? Or is it too fundamentally crap and greenwashy (law firms, developers, Amazon etc)? Find out more about Iain Dale, broadcaster who seems heavily involved.