The past few decades have seen more companies supporting diversity and inclusion efforts than ever before, but many organisations still struggle to foster a truly welcoming workplace. A new Glassdoor study found that almost a third (31 percent) of employed UK adults have experienced or witnessed racism, ageism, gender or LGBTQ discrimination in the workplace.
Fortunately, there are a handful of companies going out of their way to promote a diverse employee population and a sense of belonging for everyone, with programmes and initiatives that range from employee resource groups to flexible work for parents to scholarships for underprivileged youth and many more. Here are a few such organisations — check them out and apply today!
Where Hiring: Cambridge, Leicester, Bristol, Belfast, Northampton & more
Diversity Details: Grant Thornton aim to be the best firm for valuing diversity through inclusion by 2023, and by all accounts they are well on their way. The company focuses on six strands of diversity (gender, ethnicity, LGBT+, social mobility, mental health and ability), each of which are sponsored by a board member who reports progress in that area at every board meeting. Some of their specific initiatives to increase diversity and inclusion include returnship programmes, family leave and carer policies, positive action interview schemes to break down barriers for candidates with disabilities and the introduction of Inclusion Allies, employees that look out for and address everyday behaviours that unintentionally exclude others.
What Employees Say: “Agile working environment, making a fantastic work-life balance. People are friendly and generally easy to work with. They have a progressive attitude towards an inclusive culture and seem to genuinely care about employee well being.” —Current Senior Instructional Designer
Where Hiring: London
Diversity Details: PMI are big believers in workplace equality, and they’re going to great lengths to advance it. They have a goal of increasing the representation of women in management roles to 40 percent by 2022, and they’re already at 36 percent. PMI have also earned an EQUAL-SALARY certification, awarded by the nonprofit EQUAL-SALARY Foundation, which verifies that PMI pays men and women equally everywhere. They also hold events to celebrate women in the workplace, and sponsor employee networks for LGBTQ+ individuals, parents and more.
What Employees Say: “Great place to work in terms of work/life balance, office atmosphere, modern office, innovative projects to work on and flexible working arrangements.” —Former Senior Market Research Analyst
Where Hiring: London, Dartford, Birmingham, West Midlands, Chichester & more
Diversity Details: Capgemini have a number of initiatives and programmes in place to promote diversity and inclusion. They offer flexible work options, provide inclusivity training for employees, endorse a number of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and more. And their efforts are paying off. In 2018, one quarter of new Vice-Presidents were women — up from one fifth in 2017 — and nearly a third of employees with disabilities received promotions in India.
What Employees Say: “Part of a culturally diverse team, opportunity to work across sectors, friendly colleagues and endless opportunities to learn! In this organisation people truly matter.” —Current Marketing Executive
Where Hiring: Cambridge, Manchester, Warwick, Sheffield, Glasgow & more
Diversity Details: Arm’s D&I strategy contains three main focus areas: attracting and retaining women and encouraging more girls and women to choose STEM careers, fostering an inclusive culture that attracts and retains diverse minds, and ensuring diversity and inclusion is embedded across the business, from business strategies to policies to communications and more. Beyond that, the firm is tackling recruitment bias head on by incorporating workshops, gamification and software designed to eliminate bias into their hiring process.
What Employees Say: “The teams are all open to ideas, the collaborative nature is fostered in most parts of the business and you are genuinely encouraged to think creatively- this diverse and freethinking mindset fuels an amazingly innovative environment. I cannot thank everyone for making me feel so welcomed, listening to my ideas, adapting to the exceptionally fast change I have begun delivering and just embracing the pace and continuous improvement mentality.” —Former Employee
Where Hiring: London, Manchester
Diversity Details: dunnhumby is actively working to recruit and retain more female employees through a Women’s Network that hosts forums and events, unconscious bias training, mentoring programmes and more. The company also recently launched four new community-led networks, an enhanced shared parental leave offering and improved flexible working initiatives.
What Employees Say: “Friendly, inclusive & progressive company. I genuinely enjoy coming to work and feel motivated to work hard.” —Current Global Mobility Manager
Where Hiring: London, Belfast, Nottingham, Westminster, Croydon & more
Diversity Details: Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have earned a number of diversity and inclusion accolades, such as being named among the Times Top 50 Employers for Women, a Stonewall Diversity Champion and a Disability Confident Leader. This has been achieved through numerous initiatives, such as mandatory diversity and inclusion training, support of customer equality policies and making their site more disability-friendly. And they show no signs of slowing down — the firm has a dedicated diversity and inclusion team which executes a diversity and inclusion action plan and regularly reports on their progress.
What Employees Say: “They are very flexible and promote mental well being.” —Current Operations Manager
Where Hiring: London, Lower Kingswood, Saint Martins, Hildenborough, Bristol & more
Diversity Details: Fidelity International have also won a number of diversity and inclusion awards, including being named among the Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2019 and 2018, receiving the honour of being a Stonewall Diversity Champion and signing up for the “Women in Finance Charter,” a UK government initiative to address gender balance across all UK Financial Services firms. Women now represent between 45 percent and 50 percent of major UK Boards at the company.
What Employees Say: “A great ‘community’ feel. Everyone is very friendly. Good career progression. Senior management very approachable. Flexible and working is encouraged.” —Current Employee
Where Hiring: London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Bristol & more
Diversity Details: At Arcadis, diversity and inclusion are embedded at every level, including the top. Peter Madden, Chief Operating Officer of Europe, the Middle East and UK, was named the UK’s leading Corporate Straight Ally by the NatWest British LGBT Awards. Arcadis also sponsors a number of employee resource groups and has worked hard to raise mental health awareness, including by training Mental Health First Aiders and promoting support helplines.
What Employees Say: “Pros: Great culture. Celebrates diversity. Ambitious for our clients. Great agile working. Loads of training and development.” —Current Sector Managing Director
Where Hiring: London
Diversity Details: It’s hard to imagine a more all-encompassing diversity and inclusion programme than the one at Credit Suisse. The company offers “Real Returns,” a programme designed to re-engage talented senior professionals and help facilitate their transition back into the workforce, provides mentoring and networking opportunities, and has signed the Women in Finance Charter, to name just a few. One of their other notable programmes is Steps to Success, a social mobility program that helps expose high-achieving students in the UK from underrepresented and/or underprivileged backgrounds to the world of investment banking.
What Employees Say: “Pros: Support for non-business related matters (mental health, company benefits, sports network, promotion of inclusivity). People are generally well mannered. Recent modernisation of the main building. Flexible working initiatives.” —Current IT Manager
Where Hiring: Atherstone, Bracknell, Loughborough, Skelmersdale, Malvern & more
Diversity Details: 3M have a long history of supporting diversity, with initiatives designed to accelerate the inclusion and advancement of women dating back more than 35 years. Their Women’s Leadership Forum hosts events and provides resources for female employees, especially those hoping to enter leadership positions. 3M have also received a 100 percent score on the 2019 Disability Equality Index for continuing to work toward achieving equality and inclusion for those with disabilities in the workplace, and was named among the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality by the Human Rights Campaign.
What Employees Say: “Great people and values- progressive with sustainability agenda and some market leading products.” —Former Employee