IP Inclusive - Senior Leaders' Pledge

July 28, 2021

One of Swindell & Pearson’s directors, Martin Terry, has signed up as a founding signatory to IP Inclusive’s "Senior Leaders' Pledge". This is an initiative to help senior professionals provide visible and active leadership on improving Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) in their organisation and in the IP profession as a whole.

IP Inclusive - Senior Leaders' Pledge

As a senior leader at Swindell & Pearson, I, Martin Terry, make the following pledge to demonstrate my personal commitment to improving Diversity and Inclusivity (“D&I”) in our firm and in the IP profession as a whole.

I commit to:

1. Providing visible and proactive leadership to improve D&I in my organisation

• Being personally involved in, contributing to, and encouraging D&I projects and events

• Putting my name to a public statement of our firm’s commitment to D&I

2. Taking D&I seriously at the highest level

• Acting as a D&I champion at board level

• Encouraging senior colleagues to provide visible and proactive leadership on D&I issues

3. Embedding and valuing D&I throughout the organisational culture

• Including D&I-related topics on the agendas of internal events such as for new starter induction and in-house educational meetings, discussions and webinars

• Assisting to build and maintain a culture in which the whole of our firm is involved in the quest for D&I

4. Building trust and safe spaces throughout the organisation

• Encouraging staff, at all levels, to bring their whole selves to work and speak openly about their identities and life outside work, and leading by example where I can

5. Educating myself and my colleagues about D&I issues

• Promoting and supporting unconscious bias awareness, privilege awareness, and allyship for staff at all levels

6. Sharing my privileges

• Ensuring that our firm continues to support and be involved with IP Inclusive’s initiatives

• Widening the channels through which we advertise vacancies in our firm

7. Insisting on equity

• Promoting and supporting fair, diversity-enhancing recruitment and promotion procedures throughout our firm

• Encouraging regular reviews of HR procedures to ensure they are effective

8. Working closely with HR and/or management colleagues to achieve this

• Encouraging and supporting our HR personnel in effecting D&I-related changes in our firm

Martin Terry

Director, Swindell & Pearson Ltd

28 July 2021