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  • Report
  • 27 April 2020

DI's Progress report 2019: Chapter 5

Our people


We recognise the talents of employees equally – that’s why we’ve been a Living Wage Employer in the UK since 2013, and apply the same principles to salaries across the world.

While we are not legally required to do so, we also monitor our gender pay gap, and in 2019 the UK mean and median gaps stood at −9.47% and −22.61% respectively – meaning that on average we pay a higher hourly rate to women than men.

In 2019 we also launched our Responsible Employer and Business Ethics Statement – this sets out in detail the commitments we’ve made and we will begin implementations from 2020.

Diversity and inclusivity

At DI we are proud of the diversity of our team, valuing the different skills, experiences and abilities of all individuals. In 2019 we became a disability confident employer, joining the disability charity Leonard Cheshire’s Change Now programme and committing to offer placement opportunities for people of all abilities. Leonard Cheshire also provided disability awareness training to our staff.

Supporting our staff

DI is committed to providing a supportive working culture. Over the course of 2019 we developed our staff through a new ‘Charter for Change’, an ambitious 12-month programme of targeted initiatives and training to support enhanced leadership and capacity, decision-making, and emotional resilience, and refine our business model. We also offered mental health awareness training with Nine to Thrive.