At Ipsos, we believe that the diversity, range of skills, experiences, backgrounds and ideas we have in the UK creates a richer working environment for us all and a better offer for our clients. We’re proud to represent over 120 different ethnic groups, nationalities and cultural identities across our 90 different markets around the world.
We are stronger because of the diversity of our people, and there should be no place for prejudice or hatred to hide – in our business or in our society.
Creating an environment where everyone can be themselves
Inclusion and diversity are important principles to us. We recognise, understand and value the differences that diversity brings. We believe in the importance of an inclusive workplace based on equality, equity and fairness that enables individuals to thrive.
Internally, we continue to work together to ensure everyone is valued for the unique perspectives they bring and are able reach their potential. We are working to ensure we more fully represent the communities we serve, at all levels of the organisation, so we can attract and retain diverse talent.
Our inclusive culture is supported by our employee-led Networks, support groups and their allies. They are open to everyone and provide a sense of community for sharing experiences and learning. They are extremely active hosting events, celebrating or marking key awareness dates, writing thought leadership, as well as participating in external events to raise awareness and engagement.
Supportive and progressive people policies
We are proud we support our employees through different life stages and circumstances. We are continually reviewing our policies and procedures to make sure they are best in class and reflect our diversity, creating an environment of inclusion. These include enhancing and equalising our maternity and paternity leave and pay provisions, enhanced leave for those suffering bereavement, paid time off for those experiencing or supporting someone through menopause, pregnancy loss and fertility treatment. We have created a Parent Pledge and Carer Pledge to formalise our commitment to working parents and carers and supporting them to build a meaningful career at Ipsos whilst balancing their caring responsibilities. We also publish both our Gender and Ethnicity Pay Gaps.
All our people initiatives are co-created by people from across the business and our Networks. Both provide us with invaluable input to ensure that everyone has a say in what we develop and the actions we take to continually improve.
We are signatories on several external commitments including:
- The MRS Inclusion Pledge
- UN Code of Conduct for LGBTI
- TimeTo Code of Conduct regarding sexual harassment in the marketing and advertising industry
- Time To Change to end mental health discrimination
- The Valuable 500 for disability inclusion
- BITC’s Race at Work Charter for race equality
- Wellbeing of Women’s Menopause Work Pledge
- 10,000 Black Interns Scheme offering paid internships to young Black people in the UK
- The Miscarriage Association’s Pregnancy Loss Pledge
Our teams genuinely care and support each other. Our wellbeing initiatives focus on financial, mental and physical wellbeing as well as the importance of being able to work flexibly.
Everything we do is with our people in mind and we’re proud of the culture and organisation we’ve created together.
Using our skills to foster a more inclusive culture
As part of this commitment, in 2020 we set up the Ipsos Inclusion & Diversity Research Hub. Its purpose is to develop research to contribute to the public debate on diversity and equality in Britain today, support clients with inclusion and diversity related research studies and provide best practice guidance on inclusive research approaches and techniques. We have already partnered with DIAL Global, UN Global Compact, UpReach and EY to produce a ground-breaking report on diversity in the senior ranks of the UK’s leading institutions. Read more here.
If you would like to work with us to drive progress, please get in touch.
Kelly Beaver MBE
CEO, UK & Ireland