Inspiring our people
Key topics: Equity, diversity and inclusion; health and wellness
Birketts is committed to building a supportive and inclusive work environment.
We listen to our colleagues, and value their happiness and wellbeing in all aspects of their lives. We encourage people to be themselves at work and appreciate the unique talents and contribution every individual can bring to the success of the firm, our clients and community.
To help focus and measure our efforts we are addressing two priority areas, equity, diversity, and inclusion; and health and wellness.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)
Our EDI objective is to foster an informed and inclusive culture where all our people feel a deep sense of pride and belonging and feel empowered to be themselves. Our People and Culture Committee plays a key role in delivering against this objective and aims to raise awareness, support and affect change, enhance quality and ensure all colleagues are treated, listened, and responded to equitably. In particular, we are keen to embrace inclusion as a means to naturally becoming more diverse and have identified five important focus areas:
- Gender diversity
- Working parents
- Social mobility
- Race and ethnicity
- Physical and mental health and wellbeing
We also have a number of established networks representing the focus areas above as well as additional areas (e.g. LGBTQ+, Neurodiversity). Employee networks are voluntary groups of employees that collaboratively come together based on shared identity or life experiences to provide a support system and offer a collective voice to the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
We publish an annual diversity report which is available internally and externally; this report includes information concerning other protected characteristics, such as disability, ethnicity, and religion. We also monitor and report our gender pay gap information annually.
Health and Wellness
We prioritise our workforce’s health, safety, and wellbeing. Our strategic objective is to enable and encourage our people to develop, contribute and progress to their fullest potential by providing a healthy environment promoting wellness.