We believe in the power of a diverse global workforce that champions the right for people to be their true, authentic selves.

An inclusive workforce is a strong workforce. When people feel free to be their authentic selves at work, their ability to create and innovate is unhindered. In turn, their unique perspectives and experiences open up new ways for businesses to grow and achieve more. At the Robert Walters Group, we recognise the power of diversity and the role it can play in enabling each of our clients, candidates and colleagues to fulfil their unique potential.

Our Equality & Diversity Policy provides the framework for our actions in this area and is embedded as part of all new starter inductions. It sets out our approach and the commitments that we make: primarily, the promise of a working environment that promotes inclusion, dignity and respect for all — not only for our own employees, but for the clients, candidates and other stakeholders we work with, as well.

Our two-fold approach

As a world-leading recruitment group, we are in a unique position to champion diversity both within our own business, as well as among the clients and candidates we serve. This two-fold approach promotes diverse hiring in our clients’ organisations while driving inclusive practices within our own.

Strengthening our inclusive workplace and culture

Despite many of our employees working remotely due to the pandemic, we've still found ways to stay in touch and strengthen our diverse global culture. Using our internal communications platform, Workplace from Facebook, our teams have continued to connect and collaborate, notably through our new equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) group, in which employees can share stories, engage in discussion and learn more about the various communities and cultures to which their colleagues belong.

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Promoting diverse hiring practices

Diverse hiring is an area where the Group can offer tremendous value to clients, as well as fortify our position as the recruitment partner of choice for the world’s top professionals. We have continued our pioneering use of technology to drive diverse hiring through Adify, our cutting-edge approach to removing male genderbiased language from job adverts, as well as employing LinkedIn insights and bespoke advertising solutions to connect employers with the most diverse pool of candidates possible.

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Resources and strategic advice for clients

Helping our clients build more diverse teams is one way we achieve our purpose of powering people and organisations to fulfil their unique potential. Our experts offer outstanding thought leadership with a focus on implementing diversity strategies, empowering and supporting employees and building a more inclusive workplace.

Our partnerships and accreditations

The Robert Walters Group partners with a wide variety of organisations championing diversity and equality across society. We continually look for new opportunities and platforms to support and advocate on behalf of those who are striving to fulfil their unique potential.

Committing ourselves to lasting change

In 2020, the Robert Walters Group appointed Pearn Kandola to conduct a global review of our ED&I policies and practices, and recommend improvements across all areas of our strategy. Taking swift action on these recommendations, the Group has already made swift progress, completing the following initial steps:

  • Creating a Group-wide ED&I council for employees and management to discuss topical issues and ensure that we are listening to the diverse needs of our people
  • Implementing an inclusive leadership training programme for all directors and above, including our Operating Board
  • Rolling out ED&I manager training as part of the Group’s manager training programme

Having now completed these important foundational actions, the Group has appointed VERCIDA Consulting, leading inclusion management experts, as its global ED&I strategic partner. Led by Dan Robertson, the VERCIDA Consulting team will help us drive our ED&I strategy forward over the next year, with a particular focus on developing internal expertise through training and education, and driving best-in-class service for clients, as we work to better promote diverse hiring practices and deliver advisory services.

Latest News: Robert Walters Group appoints Coral Bamgboye as new Global Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Coral started her career with the Robert Walters Group in 2007. During her tenure with the Group, she has led and chaired the firm’s Global Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I) Council, as well as getting involved at a grassroots level via numerous mentoring and coaching initiatives which have a particular focus on supporting youths from underprivileged backgrounds to prepare for the world of work. 

Local accreditations and partnerships

Our Resource Solutions business is a member of the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (ENEI), the UK's leading employer network for equality and inclusion issues in the workplace.

We are proud to be a part of The Valuable 500, a global community of businesses making active commitments to put disability and inclusion on their leadership agendas.

We are certified as Disability Confident Committed through the UK’s Disability Confident initiative, recognising our efforts to foster an inclusive workplace for people with disabilities.

The Group is currently undertaking Clear Assured recognition, which identifies and removes barriers in recruitment for disabled, BAME, LGBTQ and other under-represented candidates.

Robert Walters was granted the highest level of the "L-boshi" certification from Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, recognising our efforts to advance women in the workplace.

In addition to our advisory partnership, Resource Solutions is listed with Vercida's careers site, connecting jobseekers from diverse backgrounds with inclusive employers.

Robert Walters has partnered with leading diversity platform, Aspiring Solicitors, to support firms in developing programmes to reach a wider range of candidates and improve diversity in the sector.

We work with 2to3days, a jobs board that lists part-time and flexible working roles for women and working parents who require some flexibility as they re-enter the workforce.

Robert Walters Group has partnered with She Codes, an Australia-based coding movement, to encourage women and minorities to consider careers in the field of technology.

Our business in Japan is proud to support The Dream Collective, an international group advocating on behalf of women in the workplace and working to increase female leadership in business.

We were delighted to see Norma Gillespie, CEO of Resource Solutions, named to the 'Global Power 150 - Women in Staffing' list, compiled by US-based Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA).

In 2020, we began a partnership with Supply Nation, a non-profit connecting Australian businesses with Indigenous-owned suppliers in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island business sector.