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Nous Group

4.3
  • #4 in Management Consulting
  • 100 - 500 employees

Diversity and Inclusion at Nous Group

Nous is committed to maintaining a diverse workplace, where all employees feel they belong, are accepted and valued. We foster a deep culture of respect and provide an environment for all our employees to flourish.

We value a workforce with diverse characteristics across many factors including age, gender, education, prior experience, cultural background, sexual orientation and welcome applications from all backgrounds, abilities and identities.

Gender

At Nous we believe that a clear and strong focus on diversity and inclusion delivers high performance for our clients and ensures the wellbeing of our people. We see an inclusive workforce, that reflects contemporary Australia, as critical to realising our Reasons for Being. Nous is committed to creating and maintaining gender equality and an inclusive culture.

  • Gender balance: 48% of our leadership team is female. Our latest graduate intake comprised of 42% women. Women accounted for 60% of our promotions in the last 12 months and 58% of employees are female.
  • Equal pay: Nous closely monitors gender equality in salary. The pay gap between men and women at Nous performing similar functions is just 1 per cent.
  • Flexible working: Part-time opportunities are being used by 23% of women at Nous and 13% of men.
  • Parental leave: Nous offers 14 weeks paid parental leave to eligible primary and secondary carers. Nous supports all employees who wish to become parents and recognises that parenting arrangements can take many forms through birth, adoption, surrogacy, permanent care, foster care and kinship care.
  • Learning & Performance: Nous is committed to providing all employees with opportunities and support for professional development. Every employee completes an induction program and bespoke professional development programs are held throughout the year. Employees are encouraged to participate in external development courses, conferences and online learning.
  • Employee networks: Nous proudly supports their employee driven networks including the Nous Women’s Network. The purpose of the Nous Women’s Network is to support and promote the success of women at Nous. It does this through encouraging and role-modelling female leadership, providing professional development opportunities targeted to women and providing a peer-based safe space for women to discuss challenges they have experienced because of their gender.

How Nous’ flexible working approach supports parents

We asked three parents at Nous to share their experiences with our flexible working policy

How Nous’ flexible working approach supports parents

We asked three parents at Nous to share their experiences with our flexible working policy
Indigenous 

Nous’ vision for reconciliation is the evident, genuine and mutual understanding and respect for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Australia. It is for an Australia where all Australians share the same standard of living and the same opportunities, a closing of the current gap between the experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians. We believe that reconciliation is fundamental for our society and our country’s future.

  • Launched in 2014, Nous’ Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) stands as a commitment to supporting and promoting our vision for reconciliation. Our current Innovate RAP (January 2020 – December 2021) focuses on reconciliation through the development of an Indigenous consulting offer, embedding reconciliation into our core business.
  • Nous has worked on a range of projects with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and stakeholders throughout Australia. These have included projects to develop and review strategies and policies to improve services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities, and to facilitate engagement between the private sector and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • Nous will continue to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities to deliver projects for clients that have a positive impact.
  • Nous actively recruits Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Working closely with CareerTrackers and The Aurora Project Nous creates opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to join Nous as interns with the aim of converting from intern to full-time employee upon completion of their studies.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples make up 2.8% of Nous’s Australian workforce.

Read our Statement Of Commitment and view our Reconciliation Action Plan.

Disability

Nous values diversity and recruits candidates from diverse fields to create teams with a broad range of skills and perspectives. We understand that equality, diversity and inclusion are linked but distinct issues that may need tackling in different ways.

In addition to conventional recruitment processes, Nous Group actively works with the Australian Network on Disability and Jobsupport to provide opportunities for jobseekers with disabilities.

Nous Group

  • Provides an inviting, accessible work environment.
  • Offers workplace adjustments to accommodate each individual’s disability including but not limited to flexible working hours, specialist software e.g. speech recognition software, height-adjustable workstations, ergonomic equipment etc., a personal Performance Coach who provides one on one mentoring, support and professional development, a ‘buddy’ to guide them through their first 12 months and local HR Business Partner support.
  • Offers disability awareness training for the Performance Coach, buddy and colleagues so they can understand how best to support people with disabilities.
  • Makes any adjustment(s) required during the recruitment process, onboarding and through-out the employee life cycle to accommodate persons with disabilities.
  • Ensures all staff have access to an Employee Assist Program.
  • Actively works towards increasing awareness and inclusion, including celebrating International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD).
  • Are committed to providing employees with a safe and harmonious working environment, which is free from discrimination, harassment and bullying and where diversity is valued, as stated in our Discrimination, harassment and bullying policy.

Why Nous partners with Jobsupport

Nous partners with Jobsupport, a specialist service that places people with an intellectual disability in the workforce. Over the last five years, Nous has employed six Jobsupport employees. Our Chief People Officer Sally Pritchard explains why Nous made the decision to work with Jobsupport.

Why Nous partners with Jobsupport

Nous partners with Jobsupport, a specialist service that places people with an intellectual disability in the workforce. Over the last five years, Nous has employed six Jobsupport employees. Our Chief People Officer Sally Pritchard explains why Nous made the decision to work with Jobsupport.

LGBTI

Nous has a strong focus on inclusion, where every employee feels safe to bring their whole self to work, to thrive, to learn, to engage with curiosity and respect, to leverage our diversity to push our thinking. Nous recognises that each individual is unique, comprising of any combination of gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, age, socio-economic background, beliefs, religion and experiences.

  • Nous is a member of ACON’s Pride in Diversity (PID) program. PID is a not-for-profit employer-support program that assists Australian organisations in all aspects of LGBTI workplace inclusion.
  • Nous Proud was created to for LGBTIQ+* employees to have a peer-based safe space to share their stories and varied lived experiences. The network supports LGBTIQ+ employees to be themselves and to reduce feelings of isolation and marginalisation. It brings together LGBTIQ+ employees and allies and is a visible landing place for LGBTIQ+ employees. The network provides informal mentoring opportunities, offers visible LGBTIQ+ role models and supports a social network. Nous Proud recently marked it’s first anniversary by celebrating nine LGBTIQ+ projects and 50 members.

Wear it Purple Day

Nous employees explain why they are supporting #WearitPurple Day this Friday, August 31

Wear it Purple Day

Nous employees explain why they are supporting #WearitPurple Day this Friday, August 31

Cultural diversity

Nous places great importance on continually educating employees around cultural diversity.

Nous Group

  • Celebrates the culture, knowledge and histories of our First Nations Peoples during NAIDOC week through different cultural activities.
  • Holds cultural awareness training for all new employees.
  • Provides accessible guides on navigating diversity to encourage employees to consider their use of language in relation to diversity of culture, ethnicity, religion, access requirements, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
  • Developed a cultural competency framework and associated cultural learning plan. The framework and plan set out the behaviours and expectations for cultural competency of employees at different levels and the learning opportunities that will be provided to ensure all employees have appropriate cultural awareness. Those working directly in projects that disproportionately effect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have additional learning opportunities. 

Awards, accreditations and memberships 

Nous is a member of various organisations and submits an entry into the Great Place to Work Awards every two years, continually placing in the top 10.