Leading property consultancy Gerald Eve has underlined its commitment to diversity and inclusivity by becoming a signatory to the RICS Inclusive Employer Quality Mark, one of the first firms in the sector to do so.
The Mark signals Gerald Eve’s commitment to improving inclusivity by adhering to six key principles, progress on which will be judged by bi-annual submissions to the RICS. The six principles are
1. Leadership & vision
Demonstrable commitment at the highest level to increasing the diversity of the workforce.
Engage and attract new people to the industry from under-represented groups; best practice recruitment methods.
3. Staff development
Training and promotion policies that offer equal access to career progression for all members of the workforce.
4. Staff retention
Flexible working arrangements and adaptive working practices that provide opportunities for all to perform at their highest levels.
5. Staff engagement
An inclusive culture where all staff engage with developing, delivering, monitoring and assessing the diversity and inclusivity policies.
6. Continuous improvement
Continually refreshing and renewing the firm’s commitment to being the best employer; sharing and learning from best practice across the industry.
Sarah Draper, human resources director at Gerald Eve, said: “Gerald Eve becoming an early signatory to the RICS Inclusive Employer Quality Mark is a both a sign of the importance the firm places on such issues and an illustration of the industry-leading role it takes in promoting progress in this area.
“Gerald Eve has always been at the vanguard in making the property industry more open and diverse, with the RICS Inclusive Employer Quality Mark the latest in a series of initiatives it has joined and undertaken. It is great to be among the early adopters of a scheme that promises to do a lot of good for the industry.”