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A combination of recent events has forced issues of diversity and inclusion onto the boardroom agenda. As a result, company boards now face increased scrutiny from the public, regulators, legislators and shareholders alike. If well-established benefits of having a diverse workforce are not enough to make companies enact change, the increasing threat of expensive D&O litigation and new legislative initiatives could well be.
The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) updated guidance on lone workers is timely. In March 2020, as the UK was heading into lockdown, with office workers relocating to work from home, “Protecting lone workers – How to manage the risks of working alone” was published.