As champions of Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace, we appreciate that the lack thereof, not just in Insurance but in the wider financial markets, is an organisational and moral crisis that must be addressed by senior leadership and market influencers.
Too often do companies treat Diversity and Inclusion as a box-ticking exercise; reluctantly appointing a woman or person of colour into a senior role to proclaim themselves as diverse to appease shareholders. Diversity and Inclusion should be something a company intrinsically has, rather than begrudgingly does.
A lack of Diversity across an organisation is a catalyst for cultural collapse through groupthink and marketing myopia. However, companies that embrace a more diverse workforce breed greater collaboration, innovation, and creativity to ultimately become more financially successful.
At Stephens Rickard we are in a unique position, as an Executive Search firm, to leverage our experience and reputation to influence change at Board level in providing fair representation and opportunities to all.
Within our searches, we take the appropriate and necessary steps to ensure anonymity in the shortlists we put forward and in our elimination of unconscious biases. Our specific measures include:
On each assignment, we endeavour to deliver a diverse selection of candidates
We use out-of-the-box thinking to ensure that our research enquiry lines are not guilty of being inherently biased
We use our global network to source the best candidates from around the world
We remove any personal information from candidates’ applications, CVs and biographies that may give any indication of background
Additionally upon the completion of a shortlisting report for a search project, we can provide our clients with a D&I Synopsis; retroactively investigating the representation of gender within a given market segment.
Read more about our Market Segment D&I Synopsis.