Linklaters becomes the first organisation to be certified successfully against the UK National Equality Standard

Linklaters has become the first organisation to successfully achieve certification against the UK National Equality Standard (NES).   

At a special event to mark the occasion, Steve Varley, EY UK&I Chairman and Simon Davies, Linklaters’ Firmwide Managing Partner were joined by 100 representatives from some of the UK’s leading businesses in a packed event at London’s Roast restaurant.  Attendees had the opportunity to hear from leading figures in the business world and compare experiences with organisations at various stages of their NES assessment. 

The NES is the first standard developed by businesses to bring clarity and consistency in their efforts to tackle inequality and promote inclusion. To be awarded the NES, a company must undertake a robust assessment against a defined set of criteria across 7 standards. Trained NES assessors review documentation, ensure legal compliance, conduct comprehensive interviews and sample staff through in-depth surveys. The outcomes are then shared with the company in a comprehensive report. There are now some 200 companies in the pipeline to complete the assessment. 

Arun Batra, CEO of the NES, said: “This is a very special day for everyone involved in the NES. We are delighted that Linklaters are the first organisation to achieve NES certification, with several other firms now at various stages in their journey. The first NES certification represents a pivotal moment for the UK. For the first time industry and government have joined forces to set a robust national standard that provides businesses with a range of indicators to help them create sustainable change and demonstrate exceptional practice.” 

Simon Davies, Firmwide Managing Partner at Linklaters, said: “To be the first business in the UK to be certified in meeting the National Equality Standard is a tremendous achievement. Having 70 competency areas across seven categories, forensically examined through diversity lenses for well in excess of a year demonstrates how tough meeting this standard really is. The success of any business - founded on the quality of its people - rests in attracting, retaining and developing the best talent from the widest possible pool and is the reason why greater diversity is one of Linklaters’ global priorities. We are very pleased to see our work in this area described as outstanding but equally committed to improving our diversity further.”

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