Diversity was a key reason why London, one of the most multicultural cities in the world, was chosen to host the Games in the bidding process.
The Olympic and Paralympic Games are not only a showcase of sporting excellence, they are also a celebration of different cultures. We want to stage an inspirational and memorable Games, where everyone is invited, can take part and get involved in the most exciting event in the world.
We aim to make diversity and inclusion a key differentiator of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It's not simply about recruiting a diverse workforce, it's about the suppliers, competitors, officials and spectators – in fact, everyone connected with the Games, from the security guards to the bus drivers.
We work closely with key stakeholders and partners to understand their perspectives, issues and concerns, and to inform and shape our diversity and inclusion strategy. Our strategy seeks to remind us of the value of diversity and ensures LOCOG understands a range of different needs.
This is how LOCOG will deliver a truly memorable, welcoming and inclusive Games – everyone's Games.