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Disability Initiatives at Eversheds Sutherland

Ability – Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland has a staff network focussing on disability and wellbeing matters across the firm.

The network is made up of staff who identify as disabled as well as those with an active interest in this important area of the firm’s Diversity strategy.

The group meets quarterly by telecon to enable all members to participate in discussion around the firm's activity and to share ideas and support one another.

A key aim of Ability is ensuring our employees' wellbeing is valued and that where adjustments are required they are carried out smoothly to enable employees who need extra assistance or facilities to access their working environment easily.

In addition Ability represents the firm externally engaging with projects and events focussing on disability in the work place.

We have founded the Inter-Law Disability Network which is gaining momentum with a view to sharing our experience and best practice with other firms and to gain from their experiences to develop ourselves as a firm.

We openly welcome any employees with an interest in the network so whether you have a condition or disability, you are a carer or just simply want to support your colleagues then please get in touch.

Disability Confident

The firm has been awarded Disability Confident employer status 2016-17.

Clear Assured

Eversheds is on the journey to become ClearAssured. This is a part of our commitment to identifying and removing barriers within recruitment which have the potential to exclude disabled people, covering all aspects of recruitment from recruitment policy, process and practice. By using the Clear Assured framework, 
we continuously strive to improve how we recruit and to provide a barrier free recruitment experience for disabled people. If you would like to enquire or find out more, please do get in touch.

Business Disability Forum

In 2014, Eversheds achieved 9 out of 10 for recuritment in the Disability Standard assessment and were commended for achievements to date. At Eversheds we actively seek feedback through a variety of initiatives and strive for continuous improvement in attracting and recruiting talented people.

RIDI (Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative) Awards

Award category: Inclusive Partnerships

Eversheds have been working in partnership with our recruitment suppliers and our managed service provider, Guidant Group, to become ClearAssured accredited. This involves working with over 50 organisations, including recruitment agencies, to ensure they join us in removing the barriers disabled applicants face when applying for jobs.

To date, 80% of our top legal specialist suppliers have signed up and have begun the journey to be ClearAssured accredited.

Judges’ Comments: “This submission demonstrated a real commitment with an impressive level of evidence of impact on supply chain confidence and competence. Referred to as a pioneering approach that works.”

Award Category: Overall candidate experience

Judges’ Comments: “Starting at the beginning of the candidate experience and flowing through into employment, the judges were impressed by the stage by stage approach, access to help and the amount of practical help on offer for candidates. Actions speak louder than words at Eversheds who, in addition to all the reactive solutions available for their candidates, they are currently trialling an inclusive recruitment solution to increase levels of sharing and trust.”

Award Category: Technology for Inclusion

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