Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DE&I)
Regardless of our identity, background or circumstance, we all deserve equal opportunity to develop our skills and talents to our full potential, work in a safe, supportive and inclusive environment, be fairly rewarded and recognised for our work and have a meaningful voice on matters that affect us.
A strategy for change
Our DE&I strategy was developed from employee survey feedback, as well working with our Network Groups (and Allies to Advocates group). This allowed us to create four key areas of focus:
- Diverse leadership
Ensuring the decisions we make as a business reflect diverse voices and opinion.
Improving diversity at all levels but particularly in our leadership.
- Diverse development
Educating ourselves on how diversity & inclusion can make us a better firm.
Providing better training and support for all individuals, with equal opportunity to develop skills and talents.
- Diverse recruitment
Making sure we are a firm that attracts people from under-represented groups.
Opening up more apprenticeship positions and outreach activities.
- Building awareness
Educating ourselves through training, such as: unconscious bias, stress, mental health, and equality & diversity.
Having informed conversations by listening to the ideas from our network groups.
This year we’re focusing on 8 key activities that align with our strategy. In the longer-term, we hope to review our original DE&I survey data to see our progress, fully embed our strategy and vision for a more diverse and inclusive firm, and partner with an external organisation to formally review our progress firmwide.
Erica Coombs-Prole, Director of People & Development
Our network groups
Our network groups provide an opportunity for people to be able to share experiences, provide each other with support on a variety of issues and advise the firm on specific actions and activities to make Hoare Lea as inclusive as possible. Currently, we have these network groups:
• Ethnicity and Culture
• Gender Balance