Diversity & Inclusion
Organisations have so much to benefit from a diverse workforce and a safe and productive environment. More and more, the best talent in the market are choosing to work for businesses who build an inclusive culture and where they can bring their best contribution.
With increasing awareness and expectations from clients, regulators, suppliers and staff, investing in knowledge and advise can help not only ensure you adhere to regulatory requirements, but become a destination for the best people, facilitate growth, avoid discrimination and build an engaged workforce.
There are already mandatory reporting requirements for businesses of a certain size to track and disclose elements like gender pay gap, but we are now also seeing regulators like the FCA broadening these requirements and more can be expected in the future. We are passionate about our colleagues and are constantly striving to improve our own experience here at Irwin Mitchell and we bring that, together with our legal expertise, to help you and your business get the best out of your team. Our suite of services can help you start or evolve your journey towards a more diverse and inclusive workforce.
How Can We Help?
Our diversity and inclusion assessment will support you in assessing where you are on your journey to become a diverse and inclusive employer and how you can unlock the significant benefits that this will bring for your employees and your business. It will inform a measurable strategy which aligns with your values and identifies clear steps for implementation.
We’ll undertake an in-depth assessment of your organisation to pinpoint where you are on your diversity and inclusion journey. We will:
- Review your people processes from start to finish. We’ll spend time in your business and take the pulse of your working environment to assess whether your core values are being reflected across your company.
- Create a report detailing our findings, alongside achievable recommendations for meaningful change and potential for inclusion in your D&I strategy.
- Help to formulate your D&I strategy by reviewing our recommendations report and setting out clear and measurable aims and goals.
- Formulate a follow-up plan to assist and support you with the implementation and communication of your D&I strategy.
For more information please email diversityESG@irwinmitchell.com or call 0161 259 0864.
We can help compliance with equality legislation by:
- Reviewing, updating or creating employment contracts, policies and staff handbooks
- Guiding you through any situations or disputes to minimise the risk of a claim
- Providing training (to groups or individuals) and seminars across the UK to keep you updated on developments in discrimination law and on unconscious bias
- Facilitating mediation to resolve any dispute
- Negotiating departures and settlement agreements
- Representing you at an Employment Tribunal if a claim is made against you
- Guiding you through the process of a legal claim.
We deliver bespoke and off the shelf training aimed at managers and colleagues, in person and online to help improve understanding and awareness of key practices to successfully getting the best out of a diverse workforce.
Bespoke in person training will be designed to your organisation and delivered by experienced employment lawyers who know the ins and outs of your sector.
New Digital Training Modules
Digital training modules will be available from March 2023.
- D & I modules developed by Employment Lawyers and D & I specialists
- Delivered online with multiple modules and assessments
- Completion and results monitored & reported
- Certificates issued
- Tailored by sector where appropriate.
Diversity & Inclusion at Irwin Mitchell
"Being an inclusive employer where all talent feel they can succeed and contribute and become the best they can is at the heart of our culture. Our Board and senior management as well as all our colleagues are totally focused on engineering a culture of fairness and diverse mind-sets and we believe that this is a business goal that will continue to enable us to best serve our clients and be a high performing organisation."
Susana Berlevy, Group Chief People Officer | Irwin MitchellDiversity & Inclusion at Irwin Mitchell
The Human Touch
Our latest marketing campaign features real Irwin Mitchell clients sharing their powerful personal stories about working with us.
But it’s also special for another reason – we believe that it was made by the most inclusive production team ever.
Inclusivity for disabled people is hugely important to us at Irwin Mitchell and we wanted our new campaign to reflect that.
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As an Employment Partner, Diversity & Inclusion has always been a passion. With an increased focus on ESG, we've seen D&I starting to make the board minutes and that's exciting. As a parent of a neuro diverse child, the right for all to be treated with dignity and respect and to be valued for their own unique contribution provides even more motivation to be part of making a difference.
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For all ESG enquiries, please contact Charlotte Rees-John, Partner, by phone or email.
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