15 Jul 2019 | 09:30 am | 2 min. read
International law firm Pinsent Masons, has been recognised as one of the best multinational employers for LGBT+ staff in Stonewall's 2019 Top Global Employers index.
The firm is one of 14 organisations to be named in the list that highlights multinational businesses for the progress they have made in LGBT+ equality within the workplace.
The global acknowledgement follows the firm's no. 1 ranking in Stonewall's UK index earlier this year, when Pinsent Masons was named most inclusive employer in its Top 100 Employers list.
Pinsent Masons has been actively involved in championing LGBT+ equality on a global level, signing up to the UN Global Principles on LGBT+ Equality, and showing its support of the principles on International Transgender Day of Visibility.
The firm has also worked in conjunction with trusted community partner organisations including Pride in Diversity in Australia and REDI in Spain to help improve equality.
Richard Foley, Senior Partner at Pinsent Masons says:
"It's important that we are both respectful of local law and culture, whilst still upholding Pinsent Masons' values and promoting progress and inclusion within all of our offices. We have learned to be bolder and to respectfully ask questions about what is and isn't acceptable rather than assuming that the laws in a certain country mean we can’t do anything at all.
We hope that our inclusion on the Global Employer index and our experience in creating inclusive workplaces is something we can use positively and respectfully in every country in which we work, so that we can try to seek out opportunities to contribute to the conversation on inclusion."
Inmaculada Castelló, Partner, Madrid adds:
"There are fewer things that make me prouder of the firm I work in than its great support to enable everyone be themselves and create a comfortable environment to deliver the extra mile. To me, being an ally is part of the DNA of working in Pinsent Masons: I will be there to support anyone who wants to stand out and proud and help to create an inclusive community where everyone feels engaged."
David Rennick, Partner, Australia says:
"I'm proud to say that Pinsent Masons believes inclusivity is critical if business is to work better for people. Our workforce will perform at their best if they are happy and confident in bringing their whole selves to work and we will continue to focus on creating an environment that encourages that. To have been ranked no.1 on the UK Stonewall Workplace Equality Index this year was an excellent achievement, and I am thrilled that we have once again been recognised in the Global Stonewall ranking as well."
Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive, Stonewall says:
"Pinsent Masons has demonstrated a real commitment to ensuring that all their lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff and stakeholders feel included at work and we're delighted to name the firm as one of our Top Global Employers for 2019. All 14 businesses truly are at the forefront of driving global LGBT inclusion in the workplace, which is such a crucial step in getting us closer to LGBT equality.
"There is so much left to do to ensure that lesbian, gay, bi and trans employees feel able to be themselves at work, no matter where they are. We're proud to work with Pinsent Masons, who operate in some extremely difficult contexts, to create workplaces that are inclusive and supportive of LGBT people and equality."
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