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Higgs proud to be diversity champions

 

Article date:  14/06/2017

Higgs & Sons has today celebrated becoming one of the first organisations in the Black Country to become an accredited member of Stonewall's Diversity Champions programme.

"This is an important event for the firm," comments Simon Lord from Higgs' R&I Committee. "Not only are we be celebrating our status as a Diversity Champion, but we are publicly re-affirming our commitment to the principles of equality and diversity at what is a key time for the LGBT community."

Higgs & Sons announced its new status to colleagues at the event at which a representative from Stonewall addressed the firm.

"Higgs & Sons has shown a commitment to its diversity practices by signing up as a Diversity Champion, states Stonewall's Reece Pope.

"Its pledge to be an LGBT inclusive workplace and the work it carries out in this area is a clear recognition that people perform better when they can be themselves."

Higgs has outlined an ambitious programme to embed the principles of the Diversity programme into its practice over the next 12 months.

"Becoming a member of Stonewall and signing up to its Diversity Champions programme sends a strong message," comments Managing Partner, Paul Hunt.

"It underlines our ongoing commitment to Respect & Inclusion and our desire to create a working environment in which everyone can be themselves."

Stonewall is a national organisation primarily focussed on supporting equality for the lesbian, bisexual, gay and trans community (LGBT).

Membership of Stonewall allows Higgs to access a range of resources in order for the firm to  benchmark its diversity work and develop a bespoke plan to underpin its best practice in terms of workplace equality. Higgs will also be able to participate in the Workplace Equality Index (WEI) which provides a framework for improving the experiences of LGBT employees by surveying staff and offering a structure that will drive improvement across all diversity indicators.

"Signing up to the Diversity Champions programme underlines our ongoing commitment to Respect & Inclusion and our desire to create a working environment in which everyone can be themselves," concludes Paul Hunt.

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