The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted a series of “crisis points” across society — from balancing working from home with childcare duties, to caring responsibilities for elderly relatives. However, the ‘new normal’ has also revealed how swiftly we can implement change, provided there is the shared impetus to do so. Hence the pandemic offers a reset in many respects.
RPC employment partner and co-leader of the firm’s gender workstream, Kelly Thomson, explained to me how the pandemic risks detailing hard fought progress on various fronts but — if we can seize it — also offers a crucial opportunity for diversity and inclusion (D&I) to be recognised as a “critical business priority”.
Rethinking business priorities is nothing new in the legal sector, as seen from the rapid response law firms took in preparation for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force in 2018.
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