Diversity & Inclusion

Difference is a superpower

Difference is what drives debate, changes perspectives and broadens horizons. We see it as a superpower that all our people have.

Empowering everyone to bring their full selves to work is core to us unlocking individual potential.

Equality is the goal

Equality is the goal

We are determined that everyone has an equal chance to join us and progress their career with Frontier. We care about creating an inclusive atmosphere and are committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in all its forms.

By doing this, we bring together the imagination, curiosity and flexibility to deliver advice that gets to the heart of what matters to our clients. We also think working with a diverse range of colleagues makes life more fun and interesting.

Inclusion in action

Our Diversity and Inclusion programme is employee driven with  support from our People Director. We trust and empower our people to ‘be the change they want to see’ by creating spaces and networks for everyone to contribute to successful inclusion outcomes.


Our Executive and Board ensure our aspirations are met by checking that diversity and inclusion runs through everything we do through bold actions, clear and visible changes to behaviours and thinking, and a pro-active approach to addressing D&I within the firm. So far, we've made important strides forward to reach the levels of diversity and inclusion that we aspire to but we will  always challenge ourselves to do more.

 

Some of our recent initiatives include:

  • Employee led networks;
  • Practice led D&I initiatives and feedback;
  • Introducing 2 months of enhanced parental leave for all parents in addition to our 4 months of maternity (primary carer ) leave;
  • Regular seminars and talks from external speakers focussing on topics and lived inclusion experiences;
  • Enhanced flexible working options for all staff;
  • Providing peer-support role models and return to work coaching for all new parents returning to work;
  • Having a dedicated team monitoring wellbeing and promoting awareness on mental health; and
  • Celebrating holidays and cultural events of Frontier’s international and culturally diverse staff.
Supporting a diverse and inclusive workplace is central to who we are and our D&I programme has developed with us as we have grown. In recent years we have made important progress, such as through the creation of our employee networks and seminars that encourage the sharing of personal stories and experiences.
James Bellis
Director

20 years of doing economics differently

Friendly, international, inclusive – just a few words our people use to describe Frontier. Watch our video created to celebrate our 20th Anniversary to find out more.

Providing a workplace where everyone feels able to be themselves is a top priority for me and the wider D&I team- I want our people to work in a firm where they regularly hear different perspectives on issues. For me, the heart of inclusion is openness which is one of our core values.
Helen Field
People director
Supporting our diverse workforce

Supporting our diverse workforce

We support our employees through networks such as our Women’s group, ‘Prism’, ‘Spectrum’, a network providing support, information and advice to LGBTQ+ staff and allies and our racial, cultural and religious equality network, ‘Kaleidoscope’.

You can find out more about each of these networks below.

Women in the workplace

The Women's Network, Prism, was launched in 2020 and aims to help make Frontier a great place for all individuals to work by eliminating gender-based barriers. As such, the goals of Women’s network are:

  • To create an environment where people of all genders can thrive;
  • To explore how to support the company in reducing our gender pay gap; and
  • To create additional networking opportunities.

 Immediate aims of the network include:

  • Providing a safe space for all individuals to raise issues and raise awareness for everyone of where gender-specific issues can affect colleagues;
  • Engaging in a fact-finding process to collect experiences to help guide future processes;
  • Creating learning experiences for Frontier staff through story-telling sessions; and
  • Putting on educational events throughout the year and on specific awareness days such as Equal Pay Day and International Women’s Day.

 

LGBTQ+ visibility

Spectrum’s mission is to raise LGBTQ+ visibility and bring people together, by promoting a culture that supports diversity and inclusion, and providing a forum open to LGBTQ+ staff and allies.

Spectrum organises regular events and awareness-raising activities. The focal point is an annual Pride Week with daily events and socials across Frontier’s offices. As part of these celebrations, Frontier has hosted fascinating external speakers including Caroline Paige, the first openly serving trans officer in the UK armed forces; and the Reverend Jide Macauley, founder of the House of Rainbow, which works to promote inclusion among BAME members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies. Spectrum team members have also spoken about their own experiences of coming out at work, and on topics including allyship and activism.

As well as Pride Week, the Spectrum team host regular social events, fundraise for charities such as the National AIDS Trust, and attend networking events hosted by professional LGBT+ networks.

Championing ethnic, cultural and religious diversity

Kaleidoscope is a network focused on ethnic, cultural and religious diversity, with the aim of empowering and supporting colleagues from religious, ethnic and cultural minorities.

The network has a number of focus areas including:

  • Creating regular and inclusive opportunities for conversation about ethnicity, culture and religious beliefs.
  • Signposting and providing resources for all staff so that they feel well-informed and able to support colleagues of ethnic, cultural and religious minorities.
  • Supporting activities which promote ethnic, cultural and religious diversity at Frontier - for instance, coordinating focus groups to understand employee perspectives on relevant issues, running fundraisers and educational events, and collaborating with external networks such as the Black Economist's Network on knowledge sharing and recruitment.
Supporting family life

The Working Families Group (WFG) aims to support parents and carers to balance work with family life.

The group is made up of Frontier employees from every office, practice and team and meets regularly to discuss topics like parental leave, part time working, and the balance of work with caring responsibilities.

Some recent initiatives implemented by the group include:

  • Specialist mentoring
  • Career coaching
  • Specific support groups put in place for those returning from parental leave.