12 10 2021Awards and recognition

RDJ recognised for its commitment to diversity and inclusion

RDJ has been awarded the ‘Investors in Diversity Silver' mark from the Irish Centre for Diversity in recognition of the firm’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

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‘Investors in Diversity’ is Ireland’s premier all-encompassing equality, diversity and inclusion accreditation mark. The programme is run by The Irish Centre for Diversity and is supported by Ibec. Companies that engage with the initiative are provided with a structured framework that offers tools to measure and improve their diversity and inclusion (D&I) policies and practices, whilst also recognising their efforts.

We are very proud to have received this award from the Irish Centre for Diversity. Greater diversity and inclusion are among RDJ’s core values and this award marks a significant milestone in the progress we are making at the firm. We will continue to expand on our efforts towards creating a workplace that reflects the diversity of our clients and of the communities in which we work and live.” He continued, “we aim to build on this to ensure RDJ is a workplace where people can be themselves, be proud of their identity and feel valued for the contributions they make.” - Richard Martin, Managing Partner, RDJ

The Irish Centre for Diversity’s accreditation programme is particularly valuable as it measures the sense of fairness and belonging through our employees’ perspective. It provides us with rich feedback focussing on key strengths and areas for future development. We are delighted with this achievement as it really represents the commitment and input from everyone in the Firm on creating an inclusive place to work.” - Eimear Desmond, People and Culture Director, RDJ

Some of the impactful firm policies and programs that support RDJ’s culture of inclusion include:

  • Diversity & Inclusion awareness training, an education plan for all employees addressing topics like cognitive bias and inclusive leadership.
  • Scholarship & Placement Program for law students from ethnically diverse backgrounds.
  • ‘Reconnect’ policy for those going on extended periods of leave, such as maternity leave or extended sick leave to ensure employees feel supported and engaged whilst on leave and on their return.
  • Mental Health First Aid, a team made up of caring, fellow employees across the firm’s three offices who have received specialist training in how best to support a colleague who may be experiencing a mental health issue and in connecting them with appropriate support where needed.
  • RDJ Wellness Committee, a cross-office team that plan, promote, and implement wellness initiatives for employees to improve their mental and physical health. RDJ has been awarded Ibec’s workplace wellness accreditation, the KeepWell Mark and was also recently listed in Leading in Wellbeing Top 100 Companies 2021.