We are committed to acting responsibly, respectfully and with a global outlook.

Here are some of the ways that Ridgeway is working towards having a positive impact.

Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy

Ridgeway is actively involved in Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy, a leadership network committed to gender equality. We are proud to have supported the network since its inception in 2018.

As part of our involvement, we attend quarterly meetings, share industry knowledge and actively promote the initiative. We also must set and meet three annual pledges:

  1. By June 2022, we will have supported the Ark schools Professional Pathways programme by running sessions on digital skills and cyber security in local Ark schools.
  2. By September 2022, we will have developed a learning framework that will offer all core staff pathways to training and development opportunities.
  3. By October 2022, we will have created the conditions to allow core staff to be involved volunteering activities. These may include but not be limited to mentoring undergraduate students as well as, where appropriate, postgraduate students and early career professionals.

We will also continue to meet our previous pledges of recruiting all Research Assistants through a blind recruitment process and uphold the Panel Parity Pledge.


In June 2020, Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security (WCAPS) led a unified response from the security community following the death of George Floyd.

We were proud to sign their statement ‘Standing Together Against Racism and Discrimination’:

Britain’s relationship with race and racism is far from a neat narrative with a happy resolution. We mourn the loss of countless Black lives at the hands of systemic injustices in the United States. In the United Kingdom, our own systems of policing, imprisonment and justice have failed Eric Garner, Jimmy Mubenga, Rashan Charles, Edson Da Costa, Sarah Reed, and far too many others.

We have more to learn, more to act on and most importantly, more to listen to. The onus is on us to act. We remain committed to working on being better allies. We stand in solidarity with all those fighting against injustice.

Joanna Kidd, Chief Executive Officer of Ridgeway

Women’s Empowerment Principles

Ridgeway became a signatory to the Women’s Empowerment Principles in June 2021. Launched in 2010 by UN Women and UN Global Compact, the Principles are informed by international labour and human rights standards and grounded in the recognition that businesses have a stake in, and a responsibility for, gender equality and women’s empowerment.

You can read more about our progress and work in our 2021-22 Annual Transparency Report.

United Nations Global Compact

Ridgeway is a Signatory of the United Nations Global Compact.

The mission of the United Nations Global Compact is to mobilise companies around the world to align their operations and strategy with 10 universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

We are proud to be part of a global network of over 13,000 companies and 3,000 non-business participants committed to building a sustainable future.

London Living Wage

Ridgeway has paid at least the London Living Wage for some time and is officially registered as a London Living Wage Employer.

The London Living Wage is an hourly rate of pay, currently set at £11.05. It is calculated independently to reflect the high cost of living in the capital, giving a worker in London and their family enough to afford the essentials and to save. The London Living Wage is higher than what employers are required to pay by law and is actively championed by the Mayor of London.

All of our staff are important to us, from our cleaners to our suppliers, our assistant researchers to our senior leadership team. We are proud to be a London Living Wage Employer.