Norton Rose Fulbright’s commitment to offer a diverse and inclusive workplace has been applauded by the editors of Mediacorp Canada Inc., who consider the global law firm to be one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for 2018.
Norton Rose Fulbright places a premium on not only encouraging diversity but also on fostering an inclusive culture where all our people are free to be themselves.
Walied Soliman, chair of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada, said:
“Being a diverse law firm makes good business sense but, beyond that, it makes good human sense. We are steadfast in our commitment to be a progressive employer in every sense of the word and as we try to weave diversity into the fabric of our firm, this recognition shows us that we are definitely on the right track.”
Troy Ungerman, partner and chief diversity and inclusion officer, commented:
“Management can start the discussion and set the tone, but diversity is everyone’s job and what we are trying to achieve is a culture in which each person becomes an agent of change. We measure the impact of our work and we are starting to see tangible results.”
In recent years, Norton Rose Fulbright has taken a number of actions to help our people flourish. Our firm has, among other initiatives:
Established the Pride Network for LGBTQ colleagues and allies in each of our six Canadian offices.
Launched a women’s network to enhance professional development and business and networking opportunities.
Developed a leadership program to support high-potential female associates aspiring to partnership.
Implemented unconscious bias training nationwide and reached the goal of offering the course to half of our people in 2017.
Piloted the collection of demographic data during the recruitment process to check for unconscious bias.
Crafted an annual campaign to confidently and inclusively navigate interactions with colleagues or clients with different disabilities.
Norton Rose Fulbright has also made significant progress towards achieving gender targets, increasing the number of women in the partnership by 5% in four years, bringing the total to 27%.
Additionally, women make up 38% of the firm’s management committee.
Canada’s Best Diversity Employers is an editorial competition run by Mediacorp Canada Inc., publisher of employment-related periodicals.