Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Action Plan 2015/16

Published 29 April 2016

 

This is our second annual action plan under our three year Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy.

We made good progress against the first action plan for 2014/15 which was refreshed following our mid year review.

A progress report against our work in 2014/15 is available.

Objective 1 - develop a more diverse workforce and promote an inclusive culture, equality of opportunity for all staff and the behaviours and capabilities required to regulate proportionately, fairly and free from bias.
No. Activity Executive Director Responsible Delivery Date

1.1

Take steps to attract a wide and diverse range of candidates when vacancies arise on the SRA Board and Committees to continue to make the SRA a more diverse organisation at all levels.

Executive Director, Strategic Planning and Performance

December 2015

1.2

Develop, deliver and evaluate the impact of a mandatory bespoke Inclusive Leadership / Working programme for the SRA Board, Committees and all SRA staff to improve knowledge and learning on what inclusive working / leadership means and to increase confidence and build key skills. This will include workshops and tools such as the Strength Deployment Inventory, to improve how we work together and to support staff to feel confident in raising any concerns and to understand their own responsibilities in the workplace.

Executive Director, Strategic Planning and Performance

May 2016

1.3

Identify the equality, diversity and inclusion training needs of staff in fulfilling their specific role within the SRA, and built this into the SRA technical training programme.

Executive Director, Operations and Quality

October 2016

1.4

Apply under Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index programme in 2016 and be rated within the Top 100.

Executive Director, Strategic Planning and Performance

January 2017

1.5

Explore other benchmarks e.g. for race or gender.

Executive Director, Strategic Planning and Performance

January 2016

1.6

Develop our corporate social responsibility (CSR) work to identify how we can make it more inclusive.

Executive Director, External Affairs

October 2016

 

Objective 2 - ensure that the way we operate, our rules and the decisions we make are proportionate, fair and free from bias and help firms and individuals understand and comply with our requirements.
No. Activity Executive Director Responsible Delivery Date

2.1

Monitor the work of the SRA Board and the other SRA committees, to ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion is fully integrated into their business and decisions.

Executive Director, External Affairs

January 2016

2.2

Embed equality, diversity and inclusion into our programme of regulatory reform, to ensure our regulation is more targeted and proportionate.

Executive Director, Policy

Ongoing

2.3

Review our decision making criteria and embed equality and diversity in our decision making framework and supporting processes.

General Counsel

June 2016

2.4

Develop and establish a revised and improved quality assurance function and processes so as to demonstrate that our regulatory decisions are fair, consistent and free from bias.

Executive Director, Operations and Quality

October 2015 and ongoing

2.5

Review our approach to diversity monitoring our regulatory work to ensure we are monitoring all key areas of our decision making to identify any disproportionality and set an appropriate timetable for publishing regular monitoring reports.

Executive Director, External Affairs

December 2015

2.6

Undertake a detailed investigation into at least two areas of decision making where we have identified disproportionality.

Executive Director, External Affairs

December 2016

2.7

Review our approach to recording and monitoring reasonable adjustment requests to identify trends and ensure consistency.

Executive Director, External Affairs

October 2016

2.8

Engage with all sectors of the regulated community about professional standards to explore attitudes about the relative seriousness of regulatory events that are referred to us.

Executive Director, External Affairs

June 2016

2.9

Explore the possibility of establishing an equality network with legal and other regulators to share information and best practice on EDI in regulation.

Executive Director, External Affairs

October 2016

2.10

Review our Interpretation and Translation services to ensure we are inclusive and accessible and provide appropriate material in Welsh and other languages.

Executive Director, External Affairs

September 2016

2.11

Review our approach to identifying and supporting vulnerable stakeholders.

Executive Director, External Affairs

April 2016

 

Objective 3 - to work with those we regulate to support them in achieving a more diverse and representative profession.
No. Activity Executive Director Responsible Delivery Date

3.1

Demonstrate SRA leadership in the wider debate about equality and diversity in the profession.

Executive Director, External Affairs

Ongoing

3.2

Identify opportunities to promote diversity and social mobility through our training for tomorrow programme.

Executive Director, Policy

Ongoing

3.3

Review our approach to the collection, monitoring and publication of diversity data about the profession.

Executive Director, External Affairs

October 2016

3.4

Review compliance with the diversity data publication requirement on firms and identify ways to improve compliance and promote best practice through work with firms.

Executive Director, External Affairs

September 2016

3.5

Consider ways to identify the key barriers to diversity in relation to recruitment and career progression in law firms through research and engagement with the profession.

Executive Director, External Affairs

July 2016

3.6

Develop a strategy for promoting good practice in the profession in relation to recruitment and career progression.

Executive Director, External Affairs

October 2016

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