An update from Grant Taylor, Managing Director of Peridot Partners
Peridot is an inclusive employer, supportive of diversity, equity and inclusion. We succeed in helping hundreds of organisations every year to diversify their leadership teams and boards. We are currently exploring new ways of demonstrating the impact of our appointments. This is so we can better measure our social impact and contribution to societal challenges such as systemic racism.
As leadership recruiters and board advisors, we can influence change in the systems that perpetuate discrimination. It is our duty and responsibility to do so. We seek to be increasingly inclusive, as well as helping others to improve their practices.
Being actively anti-racist is more than working hard to find diverse candidates, adapting processes, or challenging our clients to overcome their biases. That is standard practice. We also have initiatives that support more Black, Asian and Ethnically Diverse people to reach their leadership potential and secure the platforms needed to influence lasting change.
Over the last year, we have made some progress towards our initiatives and look forward to progressing these further as we settle into a post-covid world. These initiatives include:
At Peridot Partners we recognise that we all have biases based on our life experience, social upbringing and education. It is important to be aware of these, continue to educate ourselves on diversity, equity and inclusion practice, and help others to break down barriers. In 2019, all our staff undertook unconscious bias training and by the end of 2021 we will have run a new and extended programme for all staff.
Finally, whilst we are diverse and inclusive in so many ways, and are proud to employ Black, Asian, and ethnic minority staff, our staff team can still better reflect the diversity of our society. Since our initial statement, we have continued to diversify our workplace with most of our new recruits identifying as Black and Asian. We will continue to diversify our staff team and will model inclusive recruitment and workplace practices in the future.