Damhurst & Co are actively working with clients to increase their awareness of unconscious bias and recognise unhelpful habitual recruiting practices, particularly those which reinforce stereotypes and stifle genuine growth.
Whilst the focus will always remain on appointing “best in class”, the team has developed a number of strategies and techniques to help broaden a client’s candidate pool.
In 2011 the government commissioned the Davies Review, which in turn proposed that the UK executive search industry devise a voluntary code of conduct. Over 70 of the country’s most prominent search firms have since signed up to this code of conduct and Damhurst & Co are proud supporters of this.
The FTSE 350 now has a higher female representation than ever before, with appointments more than doubling since 2011. The FTSE 100 boasts over 26% at board level and nearly 20% on the FTSE 250. The insurance market has yet to achieve such figures but with an open mind and collaborative approach progress will be made.
Code of Conduct as set out in the Davies Review 2011 (revised 2014):