This award recognises teams that have not only demonstrated a diverse workforce and the measures taken to achieve it, but have also shown the value and business benefits of a cross-cultural, gender and age mix. Entries showed inclusive recruitment policies, meaningful diversity training programmes and strong links to local communities.
Pinsent Masons is an international law firm, with more than 275 partners and almost 1,000 lawyers worldwide. It has a range of clients in the private and public sectors.
Catharine Pusey is chief executive of the Employers Forum on Age (EFA), an independent network of employers who recognise the value of an age-diverse workforce. Pusey is responsible for leading the strategy, running the membership operation, determining key campaigns and developing the EFA's relationship with the government and the media. She was previously director of BFI Trading, responsible for founding and managing the commercial division of the British Film Institute.
Bank of Scotland Corporate
The team: HR
Number in team: 46
Number of staff the team is responsible for: 9,000
About the organisation
Bank of Scotland Corporate operates in the financial services sector, where it specialises in corporate finance, delivering funding solutions across a range of markets.
Through staff feedback, the team discovered that only 2% of colleagues had participated in diversity training, and that gay and lesbian staff or those with a disability reported significantly lower levels of inclusion than their white, male counterparts. They also found that staff heard little about diversity even though they saw it as important, and that just 25% felt diversity was well supported by the company.
What the organisation did
The team developed a colleague engagement strategy, and positioned diversity as part of corporate responsibility to encourage ownership
HR made sure the diversity agenda was promoted by senior management, and imple