Disability and Wellbeing
Embedding accessibility and inclusion in everything we do
At Ashurst, our commitment to inclusion for people with disabilities, health conditions or impairments goes beyond ensuring our environments are physically accessible.
By not just meeting the immediate needs of our people, but anticipating them, building understanding and fostering allyship, we create a culture that truly welcomes all our people, enabling them to thrive and to contribute their best, whatever their circumstances.
Understanding and Accommodation
To support others' needs, we must first understand them.
Our Disability and Wellbeing Network (DAWN) has championed the introduction of our Workplace Adjustments Passport programme, which encourages open and honest conversations about how supervisors and employees can work together to identify and implement solutions that make the workplace more accessible.
For wider perspectives on opportunities to improve inclusion in this space, we are also proud members of a number of leading disability organisations globally including the Australian Network on Disability and founding signatories to the Valuable 500, a global collective of companies committed to driving change for the 1.3 billion people around the world who live with a disability.
Because not all disabilities and conditions are physical or visible, we also recognise the importance of supporting neurodiversity, mental health and broader wellbeing through a range of programmes and services. For example, our Wellbeing Allies are trained in mental health first aid to support any employee who needs support.
Mindful Business Charter
We're proud to have been one of the first law firms to sign up to the Mindful Business Charter (MBC). The MBC aims to bring the business community together to a shared agenda for supporting health and wellbeing. Find out more about our global commitment to the Charter and its four pillars in this series of short videos, introduced by our Global Chair, Karen Davies.
Openness and Respect
Openness and respect is a key pillar of our commitment to the Mindful Business Charter. Discover more from Henry Moss (Partner).
We're dedicated to implementing a mindful, best-practice approach to collaborating, instructing and delegating tasks. Discover more from Chloe Mayberry (Compliance & Incident Management Team Lead).
Smart Meetings and Mailings
Being considerate and smart with our approach to meetings and email communication is a critical part of our commitment to the Mindful Business Charter. Discover more from Alice Dawson (Associate).
Respecting Rest Periods
Switching off supports our wellbeing and enables us to work at our best and we are dedicated to respecting our people’s rest periods. Discover more from Molly Woods (Senior Associate).
"The Mindful Business Charter directs us all to be more thoughtful about placing unnecessary stress on individuals and teams alike." Karen Davies, Global Chair
At Ashurst, Inclusion, Diversity, and Belonging Are At The Heart Of Everything We Do
By celebrating key events and observances, sponsoring employee networks, shaping policies and activities, building learning and understanding, and offering tools, benefits and services to our people and our clients, we aspire to bring Inclusion, Diversity and Belonging to life and foster an environment that is welcoming, inclusive, and respectful of all backgrounds and perspectives.
As a client or professional considering working with us, we invite you to learn more about how we value and celebrate diversity, foster inclusion, and cultivate a sense of belonging for all.
We know that by doing so, we not only provide exceptional legal services leveraging true diversity of thought and best practice in the IDB space, but also make a positive impact on the world around us