We are committed to creating the best place to work and being the most progressive global law firm. One of the firm’s business objectives is to be ‘renowned internally and by our peers for diversity’ and this demands that we foster a diverse and inclusive culture.
At Ashurst, we want to ensure that we create a level playing field for everyone, ensuring that our people have access to adequate tools and policies to thrive and develop in their careers, and for everyone to feel supported in the workplace.
We are committed to promoting an inclusive working environment, which is why we became a signatory to The Valuable 500, a global movement focusing on disability inclusion launched at the World Economic Forum.
“We are proud to join The Valuable 500 as part of our wider commitment to diversity and inclusion. Fostering a diverse and inclusive culture is a core part of our business and this plays a key role in generating different ideas and perspectives which in turn helps us to innovate and improve client service. There is much more we want to do to drive change and The Valuable 500 Campaign is a key part of that.”
Ben Tidswell, Chairman
The launch of our Global Workplace Adjustments Passport is an important step towards implementing inclusive policies and processes to better support our people who are living with disabilities, visible and invisible. The passport is designed to ensure open and honest communication about the adjustments needed in the workplace to support employees living with disabilities and to help partners and line managers ensure equal access and opportunities for all.
“As Chair of the Ashurst disability network, and as someone with a visual impairment, I have been heartened by the firm’s willingness to engage with the quest to become a more disability confident and inclusive organisation and to acknowledge where it can and must do more.”
Michael Smith, solicitor
Promoting awareness and understanding is key to breaking down the stigma that still exists around disabilities. As part of our wider disability inclusion strategy, we have teamed up with Scope, a UK disabilty charity, to run ‘End the Awkward’ sessions for our senior leaders.
Securing inclusive leadership has ensured that we maintain our strong track record in providing the support that partners and staff with disabilities require to ensure they can perform their role as effectively as possible.