The SR Group becomes Stonewall Diversity Champion and commits to LGBT inclusion
The SR Group has pledged its support to diversity and inclusion and become a member of the Diversity Champions programme, run by LGBT equality charity, Stonewall.
Stonewall’s research indicates that almost 70% of LGBT people who are out at work feel more supported by their managers, compared to those who aren’t.
By joining the Stonewall Diversity Champion programme, The SR Group states it is leading the pack in creating a happier and more inclusive workforce in the recruitment sector.
As part of the programme, The SR Group will work closely with James Haq-Myles, its assigned account manager from Stonewall’s Membership Programmes team, to ensure that policies and practices can be improved to create an organisation that is inclusive of all staff.
Examples of areas that this could include are: Creating and maintaining an LGBT network group, improving monitoring of staff’s sexual orientation and gender identity and introducing staff policies that ensure that all employees are aware of the specific issues that might affect lesbian, gay, bi and trans colleagues e.g. healthcare or legal provisions in countries they might travel to for overseas work.
Anthony Davies, client services director for The SR Group, said, “The topic of diversity and inclusion is hugely important to our group as we continue to grow both domestically and internationally. As a Global Diversity Champion, we are making a clear statement that we are an inclusive employer and do not discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity. We are hugely excited to be working with Stonewall, to engaging with our employees in such a positive way, and to be supporting our many clients who also share our commitment to D&I.”
Haq-Myles commented, “We are delighted to welcome The SR Group into Stonewall’s Diversity Champion programme and I look forward to personally working alongside its team to ensure it becomes an inclusive place for all lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff.
“A focus on LGBT inclusion can bring immense benefits to organisations within the recruitment sector. By offering LGBT inclusive recruitment services, they can ensure that they are delivering a best in class candidate experience, whilst positioning themselves as an attractive supplier to clients.
“We know that people perform better when they can be themselves and that a diverse team produces a more creative and productive workplace environment. Meaning that fostering an LGBT inclusive working culture will assist recruiters in attracting and retaining key talent.
“We hope that this influences other organisations within the sector to sign up to the programme and learn how they can make their organisations a better place to work.”