Matheson Awarded Investors in Diversity Silver Standard

Matheson has today announced that the firm has been recognised by the Irish Centre of Diversity and awarded their Investors in Diversity Silver Standard. The Irish Centre for Diversity, supported by Ibec and the DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion, work in partnership with organisations across Ireland to help them embed equality, diversity and inclusion in all they do.

Their Investors in Diversity (IiD) mark is Ireland’s first all-encompassing equality, diversity and inclusion accreditation and offers a clear and structured framework to transform diversity practices and culture.

Matheson is the first Irish law firm to receive this standard and recognises the work that has been achieved at the firm in developing and implementing a people focused D&I strategy.

Commenting today, Managing Partner Michael Jackson said –

“At Matheson, we are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace where all our colleagues and their contributions and perspectives are valued and respected. This accreditation is testament to the work taking place across the firm to ensure diversity and inclusion are immersed into everything that we do.”

In memory of former colleague and friend Cara O’Hagan, our commitment to diversity and inclusion is our Cara Commitment. Cara spearheaded many of the firm’s diversity and inclusion initiatives and it is only fitting that our Commitment will honour her and continues to build on the important work she started.

Building on previous initiatives and work over the last few years, our Commitment is the roadmap for the firm’s D&I strategy with the initial focus on the core areas of multiculturalism and social mobility; gender; generational; family and working parents; disability and LGBT.

Speaking about D&I at Matheson, Director of HR Lorraine Roche said –

“Our D&I strategy is the work of everyone at Matheson and through our D&I ambassadors, who represent all areas across the firm, that strategy is being brought to life and integrated into everything that we do.”

To find out more about our Cara Commitment and wider D&I strategy, please contact Lorraine Roche, Director of HR at Matheson.

Ireland’s first National Diversity and Inclusion Conference set to attract industry leaders and disruptors

Ireland’s first and only National Diversity and Inclusion Conference for thought leaders, practitioners and professionals will take place in The Helix, DCU, on Wednesday 4th September from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

This exclusive, one day event will allow business leaders to engage and connect with national and international thought leaders, disrupters and experts in the field of Diversity and Inclusion.

The event will feature high-profile keynote speakers from Google, Bloomberg, and Sodexo including, Manisha Mehrotra, Head of Diversity and Inclusion Europe, Middle East and Africa for Bloomberg LLP and Vasileios Madouros – Director of Financial Stability – Central Bank of Ireland, and Margot Slattery, Country President of Sodexo Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The event will be hosted by Donna De Berry, a global diversity and inclusion thought leader who has led change for brands from Starbucks to Nike. De Berry will be travelling specially from Texas to lead this inaugural event and to inspire change across Irish businesses.
With 20 years of experience in the field of inclusion and diversity, De Barry specializes in
innovative tactics that include implementing new technologies and pursuing advanced strategies that lead to an inclusive culture. She has successfully provided transformational strategies for some of the largest Fortune 500 companies in the world, as well as high profile leaders and celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and others.

A speaker at the event, Rosarii Mannion, National HR Director, HSE said, “A diverse and inclusive workforce is crucial for organisations that want to attract & retain talent. People are at the heart of every organisation and workplaces are stronger through diversity of thought for innovation. At the end of the day, having a diverse workplace is good for the bottom line.”

Talent has overtaken capital in the economy at a time when many millennial job seekers are researching individual company culture around diversity and inclusion. Attracting and retaining talent has become of paramount importance and this is particularly relevant as a diverse and inclusive culture is increasingly becoming a deciding factor in the decision to accept or reject a job offer.

The conference, for which the theme is ‘Inclusion Works’, promises to explore trusted and proven approaches that can secure the best talent globally. It will also examine how attracting and retaining talent, brand reputation and mitigating risk are the key drivers of delivery and implementation in diversity and inclusion interventions.

This pioneering event will be hosted by the DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and The Irish Centre for Diversity; both leaders in the sector in Ireland.

Sandra Healy, Director of the DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion said, “Diversity and Inclusion is an increasing priority for most organisations today. Hearing and engaging with academic experts and global leaders in this space will help shift the dial and take diversity and inclusion interventions to the next level. Building inclusive workplaces enables organisations to attract and retain top talent, foster creativity and innovation and increase employee productivity.”

Tickets for the event are €475 plus VAT, including all refreshments and lunch, as well as a post-conference networking drinks reception, and are available