Diversity and Inclusion
Our approach to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEI&B)
The Ashdown Group is committed to continuing to make Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEI&B) part of everything we do – it’s woven into the fabric of our business from how we recruit to how we build and retain our team.
What does DEI&B mean?
Diversity is everything that makes you unique
Equity is about fairness and recognises the historical legacies and current realities of discrimination that marginalised people experience
Inclusion means ensuring that everyone is welcomed, respected and valued. Truly allowing people to be their authentic selves
Belonging means creating a diverse inclusive community where we can all belong in our unique way
Diversity has been described as being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance. We have purposefully and intentionally created a workplace where everyone can be themselves and have their uniqueness celebrated.
We are proud of what we have achieved so far but recognise there will always be more work to do in cultivating an inclusive culture and driving change.
We are committed to broadening the diversity of the people we employ so that our workforce is more representative of all sections of society, at every level of our organisation.
We will continue to build and celebrate our inclusive culture, where different perspectives and free expression are encouraged and appreciated.
We know that by encouraging different, innovative and creative ways of thinking, diversity – within the framework of an inclusive environment – will help us to collaborate even more effectively and achieve better outcomes for our business and customers.
Our core values of Integrity, Collaboration, Energy and Generosity of Spirit guide and inspire us. They have enabled us to create an inclusive and supportive culture centred around transparency, trust, respect and kindness. We celebrate difference and have created an environment of psychological safety where our team can be their authentic selves. We don’t think about ‘cultural fit’, we look for ‘culture add’ because we know that diverse perspectives lead to happier teams and better decision making.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging are in our DNA. We embrace difference and have always cultivated an inclusive culture because it is the right thing to do. Our team, clients and candidates are all unique and we celebrate that diversity. In addition to the moral imperative to live our values, it is now well-established that meaningful D&I policies are integral to the success of businesses. Diverse workforces achieve better results. They are more likely to financially outperform and have appreciably better employee engagement and staff retention.
Partnering with great organisations
We are proud of our commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging and have worked with numerous businesses to build diverse teams. We live our values and ensure that our team behave with integrity by fostering a culture of openness and accountability. We challenge bias, measure our performance, and work with our clients to create customised approaches that deliver diverse candidate pools.
Our proven track record of building diverse teams is founded on the experience and capability of our team, our time-tested collaborative approach, our commitment to diversity, and the unrivalled power of our network.
We are committed to the success of our clients and will partner with you to achieve your D&I objectives. Contact us to learn more about our process.
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Membership and Partners
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