Our commitment to equality and inclusion is recognised through the Law Society of Scotland holding an Investors in Diversity Award.
The accreditation from the National Centre for Diversity was granted in 2022 following a thorough process over a year, which included an assessment of the Law Society’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI).
The Investors in Diversity programme is based on underlying principles of Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement (FREDIE).
The assessment involved an audit of the Law Society’s people-focused policies, colleague surveys and focus group sessions – the outcome highlighted the commitment to EDI and a colleague-friendly working environment from senior leaders.
In its assessment report the National Centre for Diversity noted: “There is a clear steer from Board level regarding the importance of EDI both within the Law Society and within the profession more widely.
“The Society prides itself on its flexible approach to work – this was in place pre-pandemic but has continued to develop. A substantial majority of employees work flexibly in some form.”
Law Society of Scotland Chief Executive Diane McGiffen said: “This accreditation shows our commitment to our people, and to playing a leading role on equality and diversity for the Scottish legal profession.
“We’ve opened ourselves up to this external scrutiny because we want to know if what we are doing works, and how we can improve. There’s much still to do, but we’ve made a clear commitment and, as the accreditation shows, a strong start.”
The award will be reviewed at the end of 2023. The Law Society also continues to hold an Investors in People Silver accreditation, a Gold Health Working Lives award and to be a Living Wage Employer.