Updated: Sep 13
Diversity consultancy supports a business to grow and develop in the area of inclusion.
It includes building awareness around diversity and developing systems and processes to embed inclusive processes.
Diversity and inclusion is a core organisational development goal for many organisations. By using a diversity consultancy, you can substantially increase the impact of diversity and inclusion within the workplace.
Diversity consultancy is a service provision that supports your employees and leaders to foster and ember diversity and inclusion, right across the business. Diversity consultants are professionals who have gained a vast amount of experience in the areas of diversity and inclusion.
By engaging the expertise held within a consulting business, you can build diversity and inclusion into the heart of your business and secure real business benefits.
Diversity consulting helps your business in a variety of ways. These can include, for example:
Education and training
Strategic planning and development
Establishing authority around diversity and inclusion agenda
Mentoring and coaching
There are, however, a number of things to consider when choosing a diversity consultancy, to make sure that it is right for your business.
What to look for in a Diversity Consultancy business?
In this modern age, a serious business will have an internet and social media presence. Evaluate the website and make sure that it has a contact address and telephone number. It is a legal requirement for a registered company to display this information on its website. It must also display a VAT number, if it is registered for VAT.
Other points to consider....
Is there an opportunity to discuss your business needs or does the company website just give you a list of services and a price list?
Does the consultancy website provide you with enough information about the work that the consultancy delivers?
Very often, consultancies provide little detail about their services or service benefits to potential clients. Rather, they have lots of pictures and a content form!
It is also important not to be swayed by lots of client logos on a website.
Many consultancies use logos to try to influence potential clients. Never fall for this trick.
Often, these logos are simply 'copied and pasted' from elsewhere on the internet! Also, most companies, especially large brands, will not allow the use of their logo external to their own website, so look out for this one!
Those that do, will have strict provisions around the use of their logo, including time limits, which usually have to be renewed on an annual basis.
If a consultancy proudly displays the logo of a prominent company on their website, ask them about the work they did for the company.
Expertise and Experience
Call the consultancy and ask questions about the variety of work that the consulting business is experienced in undertaking. It is always useful to write down a list of questions before you call.
A good track record of delivery, supported by testimonials, videos etc can always be verified.
Has the consultancy been publicly recommended, or have they won or been nominated for any awards?
Is the consultancy positioned as thought leaders in diversity and inclusion? This can be a good indication of expertise and experience. Always look for expertise and experience. This is the only way to receive added value on your project.
Does the consultancy have an active presence on LinkedIn, the professional social network? Does the consultancy make regular posts and do they publish articles on the platform which establish them as though leaders?
Most credible consultancies will have a company page on LinkedIn platform.