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Every chartered accountant can help to encourage an inclusive profession

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It’s more important than ever for firms to address diversity and inclusion (D&I). As this content series explores, beyond the clear moral imperative of D&I, there are growing legal and commercial imperatives as well. Every chartered accountant has a role to play in helping to encourage an inclusive profession.

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Fairness

Underpinning any effort to create a more inclusive culture is the notion of fairness. Being fair, however, is about more than giving everyone an equal opportunity. It’s about equity; about realising that someone’s background will affect their ability to take advantage of any opportunity and providing the requisite support to close that gap.

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Building an equitable workplace: senior leaders’ role

  • 05 May 2022
Fairness underpins all D&I activity, but it is not simply about providing equal opportunity; senior leaders will benefit from understanding the distinction between equality and equity to create a fair workplace.
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The role managers play in creating a fair workplace

  • 13 Apr 2022
Being fair to all is fundamental to diversity and inclusion. By creating open lines of communication and getting to know team members, line managers can contribute to a culture of fairness at work, as Awaze’s finance team shows.
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Apprentices and graduates: two routes, one common goal

  • 05 May 2022
Fairness is important for those studying successfully for ACA qualifications. Firms employing both apprentices and graduates must understand the concept of equity and apply it carefully to ensure everyone has the best chance to succeed.
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Allyship

An inclusive culture requires allies: those in a privileged situation – due to factors such as their gender, sexuality, ethnicity, socio-economic background or mental health – should actively and consistently advance the interests of minority groups around them.

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Allyship must start with the senior leadership team

  • 15 Mar 2022
Creating a culture of allyship is vital to building an inclusive organisation; senior leaders have an important role to play.
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How to be an ally: managing neurodiverse teams

  • 15 Mar 2022
Neurodiverse team members can bring unique skills to an organisation. Simple daily actions will support these employees and allow managers to demonstrate allyship, as shown by a winning partnership in easyJet’s finance team.
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What you should expect from allies in your organisation

  • 28 Mar 2022
Allyship has a vital role to play in making organisations more inclusive. Here are four practical steps accountancy students and the newly-qualified can take to build a network of advocates for support and career success.
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Belonging

It’s impossible to create an inclusive culture in any organisation without everyone feeling that they belong; that they’re accepted in the group and able to be their authentic selves.

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Why inclusive leadership is so vital to D&I

  • 15 Feb 2022
Research shows that leaders have an exponential influence on an organisation’s ability to build inclusive cultures and work practices.
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Words matter: How inclusive language creates a sense of belonging in the workplace

  • 18 Feb 2022
Everyone should understand the importance of inclusive language, be comfortable making genuine mistakes and feel able to speak out when something unacceptable is said.
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Young accountant leads the way on disability inclusion

  • 15 Feb 2022
The past 18 months have shone a light on the role that diversity, inclusion and belonging plays in organisations’ success. One ICAEW student is playing an important role.
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