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Unconscious bias training is needed to bolster diversity and inclusion in corporates

Date: 10 Feb 2016

Citywealth

Anne-Marie Piper and David Hunt, both partners at Farrer & Co, also say that they provide coaching for those returning from family related leave and career breaks.

What different needs do staff have in the area of diversity and what training do you offer that you can tell us about?

We have put a number of different initiatives in place over the last few years. This has included diversity and unconscious bias training for all staff, managing-upward training for fee-earners below partner level, coaching for those returning from family related leave and career breaks and mentoring for fee-earners coming through the ranks and nearing key promotion points.

What can we learn from America about gender and diversity?

When it comes to diversity and inclusion, we have tended to focus on UK based initiatives, such as the ’30 per cent Club’, when looking for examples of best practice.

Gender and diversity: what are the basics and what goes wrong?

It is important to listen to your colleagues, to try and support and empathise with them as best you can and to be proactive in addressing challenges.

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