LGBTI

We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) professionals and employees. We have developed and implemented LGBTI inclusive policies and resources, including toolkits to help managers understand the challenges that an LGBTI team member may face and the support they can offer.

Supporting our people

Employee resource group: Pride

Our global Pride network engages lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) and ally employees and partners across all of our offices. We currently have active chapters in the US, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, London and South Africa.

Pride contributes to our diversity and inclusion agenda by encouraging the recruitment, retention and professional development of LGBTI talent, providing guidance on LGBTI-inclusive policies and identifying opportunities to participate in volunteering and pro bono initiatives which support the LGBTI community. Pride has also helped us to develop and strengthen relationships with clients through their own LGBTI networks.

Showing Pride

In 2016, all offices joined forces on a global ‘Showing Pride’ campaign featuring employees and partners from all over the world wearing or displaying rainbow shoelaces in order to mark their support for the network and for LGBTI inclusion.

We observe the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), with each office organizing activities to raise awareness. In Canada, for example, we hosted Stonewall Riot veteran Martin Boyce and Stonewall historian Eric Marcus where attendees heard first-hand about what happened during the Stonewall Riot. Globally, Pride members contributed a series of posts on issues faced by LGBTI people in the workplace as part of our Perspectives diversity and inclusion blog. 

Marching for Pride

Many of our Pride chapters around the world participate in LGBTI parades, including Pride in London and Houston, Mardi Gras in Sydney and Pink Dot in Hong Kong and Singapore. In Calgary, we are the sole legal partner for the Pride Parade and in 2016 a large group of partners and employees participated to show their support for LGBTI rights and inclusion. 

Recognition

  • Top 10 organization in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers for LGBTI equality in the workplace (London)
  • Top 20 employer in the Australian Workplace Equality Index and second in the legal category (Australia)
  • Perfect score for the second year in a row in the Corporate Equality Index (United States)

 

Perspectives: Banter
Jack Mason, associate, London

Perspectives: Being a donor
Tom Acland, learning and development consultant, Melbourne

“We welcome and value the different attributes and skills that each member of the firm brings with them to the workplace – being comfortable with who you are is so important and I believe we encourage an environment where that is possible.”
Martin Scott – Managing partner, Europe, Middle East and Asia