Norton Rose Fulbright names new PRIDE Chair in South Africa

Press release - People May 2019

Norton Rose Fulbright has appointed Ross Forgan, a director in its Cape Town office, as its national PRIDE Chair in South Africa.

According to the 2018 South African Workplace Equality Index, a benchmark measuring a company’s LGBT+ friendliness, Norton Rose Fulbright rates as the most LGBT+ friendly law firm in South Africa. The law firm is committed to promoting diversity and addressing LGBT+ issues in this country and around the world.

PRIDE is an active network including Norton Rose Fulbright that supports LGBT+ inclusion. The network aims to eliminate discrimination and create awareness through education to foster an inclusive, safe and equitable work environment. PRIDE’s goals include the creation of an inclusive environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees and the development of client networks offering support and celebrating diversity.

Marelise van der Westhuizen, Norton Rose Fulbright’s South Africa CEO, said:

“The South African legal industry has traditionally had a reputation for being untransformed. Our firm aspires to reflect our valuably diverse society. Diversity is not a buzzword for us. It is an important part of our firm’s culture.”

Ross, who will champion diversity and inclusion efforts as the firm’s PRIDE Chair in South Africa, said:

“It’s easy to write an inclusive HR policy and tick boxes, but it’s more challenging to create an environment where LGBT+ people can be open and proud. Many LGBT+ professionals work in secrecy and hide their identities from colleagues. They suffer discrimination in silence. During my tenure as PRIDE Chair, I aim to make our network tangible and to continue to make the firm a safe place to be yourself, and to encourage others to do the same.”

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