Award for diversity

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Staff at law firm Irwin Mitchell are celebrating after winning a top HR industry accolade for its inspiring workplace diversity strategy.

Irwin Mitchell achieved the Best Workplace Diversity Award at the HR Excellence Awards 2012 at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane in London.

The company was recognised by national publication HR Magazine, who run the awards, for its commitment to developing its Diversity Board, launched in 2008, and two stand-out campaigns called IMEqual and IMPowered. It was one of just two national companies nominated for the award and the judges said they were “impressed and encouraged” by the entry.

Stuart Henderson, chairman of the Irwin Mitchell Social Responsibility Board, said: “Our people are tremendously important to us and it’s great to see Irwin Mitchell being recognised for the work we do to champion them.

“We believe that the greater our diversity, the better we can respond to the diverse needs of our many clients. We want to encourage the most talented people in the market to work for us, so we devote a lot of time and energy into ensuring the company is attractive to people from all walks of life. The Irwin Mitchell Diversity Board and specialist networking groups introduced have really been a catalyst for cultural change.

“We are proud of the IMEqual and IMPowered campaigns, so winning this accolade at the HR Excellence Awards is incredibly rewarding for the staff who have invested so much time and enthusiasm into making them a success.”