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Norton Rose Fulbright awarded Gold-level Gender Parity Certification by Women in Governance | Canada | Global law firm | Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright awarded Gold-level Gender Parity Certification by Women in Governance

August 29, 2018


Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright is pleased to announce it has received Women in Governance’s highest Gender Parity Certification, Platinum, in two of three evaluation categories: strategy and the results of its efforts to achieve equity or parity across the corporate structure. The firm has obtained the Bronze credential for its actions, attaining Gold-level certification.

Launched in Quebec in 2017 by the non-profit Women in Governance, and available this year to organizations across Canada with over 400 employees, the standard aims to help businesses increase the representation of women in leadership positions. Norton Rose Fulbright is listed among 31 parity-certified companies in 2018, most of which are household names.

Applicants were evaluated on 75 quantitative and qualitative criteria, using a questionnaire developed   with the support of McKinsey & Company and the Quebec Order of Certified Human Resources Professionals (CRHA).

Charles Hurdon, managing partner of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada said:

“The advancement of women in the legal profession is a very real issue and our firm is  committed to leading the way toward systemic change. Achieving Gold-level Gender Parity Certification is a testament to the concrete actions we have taken in recent years to address inequities and promote female leadership. This work, however, is never done and we take this standard as one to strive to exceed.”

Sacha de Klerk, head of diversity and inclusion added:

“It is easy to pay lip service to diversity. But it is much more challenging to truly change mentalities and deeply ingrained ways of doing things to correct gender imbalance within a large organization. The certification is an indication that we are on the right track and serves as an encouragement for us to remain focused on achieving gender parity.”

For further information, please contact:

Claire Poole
Senior Corporate Communications Manager
Tel: +1 403.267.8268349

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