Just as we recruit and reward our staff based on professional merit and performance, so our external recruitment and client engagement practices – whether we’re conducting an executive search for a permanent Government Departmental Director or an interim Project Support Officer for a week long assignment – ensure we are fair and transparent, engaging with the client to understand challenges before assessing experience and skills. Often, where required in permanent mandates, we will sift anonymised CVs and applications whilst collecting anonymised and optional diversity data, and shortlist against essential criteria to ensure processes aren’t unduly influenced in any way. We will ensure that candidates (and clients) have every chance to succeed by arranging suitable facilities where required.
If needed, we will challenge our clients to ensure equality on a shortlist and that diversity is better reflected within across their organisation. Indeed, we work with (and recruit) Diversity specialists within organisations to ensure our recruitment approach is in line with supporting their own initiatives around diversity, inclusion and equality.
Before we commence campaigns, we will agree what Management Information (MI) is required from each organisation. In addition, we do not discriminate on grounds of age, caring responsibilities, disability, gender, gender identity, marriage and civil partnerships, part-time working, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or any other factor irrelevant to a person’s work.
More than that however, studies have shown that it is in organisation’s interest to incorporate diverse thought at all levels, in particular in the key decision making roles. Providing shortlists of diverse candidates in isolation is pointless; Allen Lane add value by providing diverse shortlists of appointable candidates. As we grow, so does our network. Our commitment to diversity AND inclusion is not shown by which LinkedIn Groups we are members of, but by providing evidence of where we lead the way in shaping diverse organisations and inclusive cultures.