Addressing the 'elephant in the room' and having difficult conversations and addressing many aspects around EDI were covered at a recent IOSH London Metropolitan Branch seminar.
A variety of topics were covered, such as 'diversity on the front line', 'disability', 'lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)', 'uncomfortable conversations', 'unconscious bias' and looking at what are the 'business benefits of driving diversity and inclusion'. As Health and Safety practitioners it is essential that we ensure not only our business but businesses we are involved with are aware and comfortable to talk about and deal with the elephant in the room.
Kizzy Augustin took the approach from her personal journey in her career "From LA Law to Bedford Row", at first not noticing any differences until she had aspirations about her career and where she wanted to go next. Statistics outlined the disparity for women between entry level through to partnership, i.e how few women had reached partnership. Kizzy stated that, "D&I must be an integral part of your organisation to have any real effect".
Equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace is available to read via SHP Online.
Kizzy is a partner in the fraud and criminal litigation team, specialising in health and safety. Kizzy is a solicitor advocate with Higher Rights of Audience. She appears regularly as an advocate in court proceedings, employment tribunals (for appealing Improvement and Prohibition notices) and Coroners' inquests.