Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
At Student Beans, we empower students to thrive – but we also aim to empower our people to thrive too. To ensure we align with our values, we want to ensure that every one of our employees feel safe, supported and included during their time with us and beyond, as ‘we are all accountable’.
We’re the first to admit that we aren’t where we want to be; we believe that by being transparent, we can hold ourselves accountable. Our efforts to increase representation at Student Beans are continuous and we are strongly committed to diversifying our team.
Anonymous CV screening. Ensuring job advert copy is neutral with no gender bias. We score all of our interviews, to ensure fair process.
Support & education
Building an internal D&I glossary to make talking about diversity easier. An ERG (employee resource group) called Beans Allies where we advocate all levels of the business being heard and having input in our pledges.
Providing training for hiring managers on eliminating bias, and providing training on how to be an ally for the wider company.
Sharing the results of our employee survey and application data within the business. Regularly updating our ERG on the progress we have made and what we’re planning to do next!
Empower our people to thrive
Enhanced maternity and paternity offerings. Mental Health First Aiders around the business offering support for our team. Unlimited annual leave to accommodate health, religious and wellbeing needs. Quarterly webinars on Mental Health with Everymind.
How we’re doing
of our workforce are women. 14.2% of our senior leadership team are women, and 38.9% of our general management team are women.
of our workforce are from minority racial and/or ethnic backgrounds.
of our workforce identify as LGBTQIA+.
of our workforce identify as having a disability (visible, non-visible, mental health, neurodiversity).
We obtained the data from our internal ED&I survey we send out every six months. Following this we hosted focus groups to ensure we had input from all levels across the business to build their suggestions into our strategy, which led to creating our five pillars above.
#beans-allies, our employee resource group, gives our employees the opportunity and the platform to challenge us on how we can be doing better.
We strive to create a more inclusive and racially diverse workplace. Not just attracting talent, but also retaining it as well. We ensure the conversation keeps going by making sure our team has the education and resources needed to be allies.
We support sexual orientation and gender expression at Student Beans. We have worked alongside charities such as AKT and Not A Phase, and endeavour to provide our employees with the tools they need to accommodate, learn and understand.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
One of the most important things we do, as an employer, is ensure we are supporting and protecting our employees’ mental health and wellbeing for their time spent with us and beyond. We acknowledge and appreciate that all our employees have very unique and individual struggles and responses to the workplace and so there can never be a one-size-fits-all approach to wellbeing.
As an employee-led organisation, it’s no surprise that most of our wellbeing initiatives are influenced by our team. From unlimited annual leave to enhanced maternity/paternity schemes, from our schedule of wellbeing webinars with Everymind to being an Endometriosis Friendly Employer. We listen to what our employees have to say.