Marsh & Mclennan Companies has partnered with Heidrick & Struggles to create a unique recruiting concept, the “Inclusion Network”—an innovative recruitment initiative designed to attract a broader and more diverse senior level candidate pool to Marsh & McLennan to ensure we identify the best talent for the job.
A familiar approach within senior level recruitment consists of hiring managers reaching out to their contacts to identify candidates for positions. Unless a manager has a diverse network, this outreach does not produce diverse candidates or lead to diverse hires.
The Inclusion Network combats this by engaging a select group of women-, minority-, and LGBT-owned boutique search firms in any recruiting that Marsh & McLennan awards to Heidrick. These boutique firms purposefully cultivate robust networks, contacts and involvement in diverse talent pools.
The seriousness of the program is underscored by a financial commitment. At least 10 percent of the recruiting fees Marsh & McLennan Companirs pays to Heidrick goes to partners in the Inclusion Network. Under the Inclusion Network program, when Heidrick receives an assignment from the company, it selects Inclusion Network partners to bring into the transaction. This may include sourcing, full search engagement, or execution of market scans and networking events.
The Inclusion Network provides opportunities for each of the participating parties. For Marsh and McLennan, the strong industry knowledge and global network of Heidrick & Struggles, combined with the specialized networks and expertise of the Inclusion Network firms, make this an ideal program for identifying and attracting a broad senior talent base to compete effectively in today’s dynamic and changing world. The Inclusion Network also increases brand awareness of Marsh & McLennan Companies in diverse communities and contributes to the company’s supplier diversity efforts.
The Inclusion Network program, part of the Diversity Advisory Services Practice at Heidrick, further solidifies Heidrick’s position as a diversity leader in the search industry who is serious about helping all clients identify, recruit and hire diverse talent. All the partners agree that they have found a richness within this relationship that they would not have expected given traditional tensions between large and small and competing firms.