We recognise, support and celebrate the diversity of our staff. As an organisation we aim to create an environment where the diverse experiences, perspectives and backgrounds of our people are valued and utilised. We foster an inclusive and supportive culture where our interactions with each other, and with our clients, are founded on mutual respect.
Our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness is woven into the fabric of how we operate.
We have a Leadings Ways Diversity and Inclusion forum, which is a network run by colleagues for colleagues, with support and sponsorship from our Executive Leadership Team. The forum recognises, supports and celebrates the diversity of our colleagues, and focuses on five key areas: gender, disability, LGBT, multiculturalism and social mobility.
We’re committed to creating and maintaining a workplace that is diverse and inclusive in order to attract and retain quality employees.
Think Act Report
As a firm which is committed to gender equality, we’ve signed up to the government’s Think, Act, Report campaign. This national initiative provides a simple step-by-step framework to help companies consider gender equality, take action to promote opportunities in their workplaces, and report on what they are doing.
By signing up, we pledge to:
Think: identify any issues around gender equality
Act: take action to fix those issues
Report: on how we ensure gender equality
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse
Throughout our history, Slater and Gordon has helped many people from non-English speaking backgrounds with their legal needs. Our staff members come from a diverse range of backgrounds and nationalities, which enables us to better serve the needs of our clients and understand their traditions and customs.
We believe there is much more we can do to support and celebrate the ethnic diversity of our staff and, working with leading diversity groups such as the Black Solicitors Network, this will be a key focus of future diversity strategies.
Supporting the LGBT Community
Slater and Gordon work closely with Stonewall and champion support for the LGBT community. Through our participation in the workplace equality index, and featuring in their recruitment ‘Starting Out’ guide, we support initiatives to increase awareness of sexual orientation in the workplace. We are also supporters of Manchester Pride, an event that takes place in Manchester annually to celebrate the LGBT community.
Monitoring and Reporting
Slater and Gordon conduct regular reviews of our diversity data and report both internally and externally. We participate in reporting in the annual Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) diversity survey, the results of which are published by the SRA in their annual diversity monitoring statistics.
For detail on the reports from the SRA, please see click the link below:
We also take part in the BSN (Black Solicitors Network) Diversity League Table 2014 every two years. The BSN Diversity League table is a survey which analyses data on a range of demographic profiles and provides a benchmark for performance on diversity strands of gender, ethnicity, disability and sexual orientation.
In 2014, Slater and Gordon’s overall ranking in the demographic league table was 7 out of a total of 41 firms. Our scores against some of the individual league tables are as follows:
We strive to remove the barriers that people with disabilities face in joining and participating in the workforce.
Slater and Gordon employs and supports staff with intellectual, psychological and physical disabilities, and we’re committed to increasing these employment opportunities.