LEAD Network DE&I Maturity Benchmark

Exclusively available to LEAD Network Partners!

A free, confidential assessment based on the National Equality Standard (NES) – a government-backed diagnostic framework developed by EY.

39 questions applicable at Global, European, or Country level.

An immediate, downloadable report which includes: your organisation’s position on the maturity curve; a breakdown of strengths, maturing factors and opportunities to develop; and an action plan with themed 

European level benchmarking outputs by sector, by theme, and by question.

A free, 1-hour follow-up session with EY to review and discuss your organisation’s assessment results.

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DE&I Maturity Benchmark

An introduction video by Neha Lagoo Ratnakar, Head of Education and Content LEAD Network.

Who should complete the assessment?

Typically this would sit within the HR domain, although some organisations have dedicated DE&I teams or a DE&I Lead. The key to this though is that it’s about collaborating with people in different functions. Just as DE&I isn’t just one person’s responsibility, neither is this assessment. This provides a real opportunity to collaborate cross-functionally on DE&I.

We recommend 3 stages:

  1. Review and familiarise yourself with the questions.
  2. Identify relevant people within the organisation to help – typically these are: HR Business Partners, internal comms people, recruitment & rewards teams, L&D specialists etc (in other words, the extended HR community). There’ll be some work to do to share the questions and gather responses.
  3. Then it’s just a quick admin task to input yes/no 39 times!

For further information or to obtain your organisation’s unique UserID and password, please email education@theleadnetwork.net

5 European Maturity Level Stamps

Once you have completed your European assessment, you can download the correct Maturity Level Stamp to use in your email signature, company website or any other marketing materials:

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Level 5


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