Diversity is a vast subject, with the legislation referring to nine “protected characteristics” (age, disability, ethnicity/race, gender reassignment, marriage & civil partnership, pregnancy & maternity, religion & belief, sex and sexual orientation). Each of these has complex implications for businesses, leading companies to ask:
- How do we bring on talent through gender balance in the boardroom and elsewhere our organisation?
- How can we find affordable ways of implementing reasonable adjustments for disabled customers and staff?
- How do we manage the retirement of workers in a way that’s fair, lawful and good for business;
- What’s the best way of implementing flexible working programmes that are efficient, practicable and fair?
- What’s the best way of tackling bullying & harassment of a racial, sexual, homophobic or other diversity-related kind at work?
Our “strand-specific” offerings focus on one or two protected characteristics at a time, looking at their implications for business in relation to both staff and customers, and asking “What is best practice for the health of the business and its people?”