As a firm, Society is deeply committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. To be clear, this isn’t about tokenism, quotas, or box-ticking. Our starting point is simply that diversity is a good thing. It’s a source of strength. It’s something organisations should be prepared to fight for. By drawing on the widest possible range of experience and talents, diverse organisations are able to make better decisions, and typically have fewer strategic blind-spots. That makes them ultimately more stable and more successful.
We are always trying to find new ways to innovate in this space, and have begun to develop a series of additional services that we are incorporating into our standard process.
Starting this month, we are now able to produce written reports for clients at the conclusion of our searches, showing the aggregate profile of the candidates who applied in relation to each of the following ten characteristics.
- sexual orientation;
- higher education experience;
- caring responsibilities;
- veteran status;
- criminal record.
Crucially, this information is kept strictly anonymous - even from us. We collect it by asking every candidate we interact with to complete a diversity monitoring questionnaire. You can view an example here. And although candidates are under no obligation to comply, we are finding that most do, partly because of our promise to donate 25p (GBP) to charity for every complete response.