Ask five different firms, and you’ll get five alternative explanations of diversity. Of course, it starts with recruiting the best people irrespective of ethnicity, nationality, gender, age, sexual orientation or physical ability. But real diversity goes deeper.
In our book, it’s about constantly promoting an inclusive culture that encourages everyone to realise their full potential. Through that approach comes true teamwork, and real strength.
So let’s start with you and your own distinct strengths, ambitions, priorities and perspectives. These elements are what make you different from everyone else, and they from you.
We’ve worked assiduously to create an environment where people with different talents, cultures and outlooks benefit from working together – and so offer our clients a much greater range and depth of knowledge and experience.
Diversity in action doesn’t happen by itself, but because ordinary people make it happen. Our own advances stem from the work of some very passionate and committed individuals.
In the past five years, our employees have built up a thriving in-house Diversity Employee Network, spanning a broad cross-section of offices, practice groups and roles.
Along the way, we’ve reached a few milestones – from being the first law firm to become a Diversity Champion on Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index, to winning The Lawyer HR Award for the most effective diversity programme in 2011.
And it doesn’t end here. Diversity is a live and constantly evolving business issue, and we’re intent on extending the reach and effectiveness of our actions. Push for change, and you’ll be pushing at an open door.