Putting the “E” in D&I
13 Feb 2023 - Estimated reading time: 3 minutes
For a long time we’ve been committed to ensuring that everyone we work with, in whatever capacity, can see themselves reflected in our firm and feel like they belong. Traditionally we’ve referred to this as Diversity & Inclusion, or D&I.
Of course it’s our actions in this area - not what we call them - that are most important, but we want our language to reflect our priorities accurately. And for that reason, we’re evolving our language to include the word “Equity”, which in our view is paramount to achieving true diversity and inclusion.
What do we mean by Equity?
We refer to this image regularly to explain to our clients and colleagues what we mean by Equity and why it really matters. Treating everyone equally is a sound principle, but to really enable inclusion at work we need to create a level playing field. That doesn’t necessarily mean giving everyone the same level of support, but rather giving everyone what they need in order to access the same opportunities and succeed.
A “one size fits all” approach simply won’t work. Individuals will need different levels of support depending on their circumstances. For example, those with caring responsibilities may rely more heavily on flexible and agile working than others. Our neurodivergent colleagues may require assistive technology or mentoring to help them reach their true potential. And some of our interns or new graduates may need support with the cost of accommodation to ensure that financial disadvantage doesn’t stop them pursuing an opportunity with us.
These are just some of the steps we’re taking to create a more equitable workplace, and we’re so proud that we’re one of just 13 organisations to have achieved gold standard at the ENEI Tide awards in recognition of our efforts.
But that doesn’t mean our work here is done. There will always be more to do. So while our terminology has changed, our commitment has remained the same – to ensure that everyone working with or for Hymans Robertson is treated fairly, equitably and as a valued colleague, client or business associate.
 Interaction Institute for Social Change | Artist: Angus Maguire.