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Eversheds Sutherland signs Mindful Business Charter

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    10-10-2018

    Committing to better working practices for mental health and wellbeing

    Eversheds Sutherland is one of the first legal practices to become a signatory of the Mindful Business Charter, representing a collective commitment to changing avoidable working practices that can cause mental health and wellbeing issues for employees.

    The Charter, developed by Barclays and law firms Addleshaw Goddard and Pinsent Masons, is the first time banks and their legal services providers have come together to reach a shared agenda for supporting mental health wellbeing.

    At a signing event today, Eversheds Sutherland accompanies Lloyds Banking Group, NatWest and law firms Ashurst, Baker McKenzie, Clifford Chance, Hogan Lovells and Simmons & Simmons in a joint commitment to abide by a set of principles centred on improved communication, respect for rest periods and considerate delegation of tasks. Performance against these principles will be monitored as part of a standing agenda item during review meetings.

    In signing, Eversheds Sutherland pledges to promote a culture of openness about mental wellbeing, ensure responsible business is included as an area of assessment during significant procurement processes and drive forward the actions and necessary change in support of the principles of the Charter.

    Keith Froud, Managing Partner (International) at Eversheds Sutherland commented:

    “We are delighted to join other leading organisations in signing the Mindful Business Charter, to show our commitment to promote better mental health and wellbeing in the legal community. As a firm we are committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our people, and have taken a number of steps this year to increase awareness, understanding and support available to our people. We are proud to take this additional step towards meaningful change as we work to remove unnecessary sources of workplace stress.”

    Speaking on behalf of the founding group, Philip Aiken, Managing Director at Barclays commented:

    "Eversheds Sutherland's wholehearted engagement with the Charter demonstrates its passion and belief in inspiring positive change. The take-up from so many of our banking and legal counterparts shows the power of collaboration and we hope that in time these principles will be applied in all organisations across all sectors."

    Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind, said:

    “We welcome the launch of the Mindful Business Charter which sets out key principles to help employers tackle avoidable causes of stress and poor mental health at work. It’s positive to see so many employers already on board. This Charter acknowledges that changing working cultures won’t happen overnight but it’s a step in the right direction – recognising some of the factors that can impact on staff mental health and committing to tackling them within their organisation.”

    The Charter has the support of mental health charity Mind, the Law Society, LawCare and the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

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