b'PEOPLE| LEGAL SECTOR| 2021SUSTAINABILITY INSIGHTDIVERSITY AND INCLUSIONIntroductionDiversity is a foundation of the Australian story, and inclusivity and acceptance are part of our endearing cultural values. But in recent years our ability to be more reflective and critical of ourselves as a society has exposed some areas where we are not true to these values. One of these areas is in the workplace. The good news is that clearer insights into where our systems failures have provided opportunities to confront these shortcomings and commit to address and change ourselves and our organisations.At Work Inclusion is a vital ingredient in achieving the benefits of a diverse workforce. Workplace inclusion requires integration of the differences we all have to benefit the organisation as a whole by formally recognising the worth of each employee. By understanding, valuing, and incorporating diverse personal contributions we increase productivity, performance, and creativity as well as create an environment where everyone feels safe and respected. Successful inclusion captures the range of talents and skills that different employees can bring to the workplace arising from their varied skills, background and principles. This includes varied gender, age, language, ethnicity, cultural background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, working style, educational level, professional skills, work experience, socio-economic background, marital status and/or family responsibilities. The Diversity Council of Australia suggests in Building Inclusion: An Evidence-Based Model of Inclusive Leadership that:inclusive environments are associated with improved job and/or team performance, as well as higher return on income and productivityinclusion is associated with a higher sense of employee wellbeing and psychological safety, as well as employees feeling valued and respectedteams with inclusive climates have higher levels of innovation and profit inclusive leadership is associated with greater team engagement, while individuals working in more inclusive team climates report higher levels of commitment and satisfaction and demonstrate access to better job opportunities and career advancementin inclusive teams, employees are better able to resolve conflict and be more satisfied from working through the conflict effectivelyFORMAL POLICY PUBLISHED POLICYPOLICYPUBLISHEDYes 98% Partial 2% Yes 63% No 37%30'