Hogan Lovells has been ranked 35th in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2014 Workplace Equality Index. This marks the fourth consecutive year that the firm has entered the Top 100 list, and the third time it has reached the top 50.
Hogan Lovells Pride has members from across the firm – LGBT and straight. The London LGBT Network was first established in 2007. Since then, LGBT rights have evolved significantly both in society and in the workplace. The London LGBT network was renamed as Hogan Lovells Pride in April 2012 to mark this shift, recognise the progress that had already made and to renew focus on business activity, demonstrating the contribution of LGBT professionals to the firm’s legal and business services functions. Hogan Lovells Pride is a key element of the firm’s diversity committee structure and is committed to supporting the diversity committee’s principal aim of promoting a diverse workforce which is inclusive and welcoming regardless of background or preferences.
Hogan Lovells Pride is open to everyone who is interested in LGBT issues. Its mission is to make a positive contribution to the lives of its members, Hogan Lovells generally, and wider society, aiming to:
- ensure Hogan Lovells is an environment that is LGBT friendly, not just LGBT tolerant;
- create and maximise business opportunities through LGBT connections;
- raise the profile of Hogan Lovells as an LGBT friendly business; and
- be a popular, active, supportive and fun network for LGBT people and those interested in LGBT issues providing support, information and advice for colleagues throughout the firm.
James McDonald, partner and Co-Chair of Hogan Lovells’ London PRIDE network, said:
“We are thrilled to have received this recognition from Stonewall for the fourth consecutive year for our commitment to LGBT employees. Being a diverse and inclusive place to work is at the core of Hogan Lovells’ vision and values and our LGBT network, established in the London office in 2007, has gone from strength to strength. With the considerable support of others within the firm, the network continues to make a significant contribution to Hogan Lovells’ commitment to progressing equality initiatives as part of our strategy to create and maintain an inclusive working environment for our people”.
Ruth Grant, partner and Co-Chair of Hogan Lovells Diversity Committee and Chair of the London Diversity Committee, commented:
“Ranking 35th is a fantastic result that reflects the continued focus we have placed at Hogan Lovells on encouraging and maintaining a diverse workforce that is both inclusive and welcoming, and a great start to 2014”.
Hogan Lovells has a comprehensive strategy to enhance diversity and ensure an inclusive working environment, which means commitment to:
- recruit, nurture, develop and advance the most talented law students, graduates, lawyers and support personnel;
- engage all members of Hogan Lovells with its diversity agenda and integrate diversity and inclusiveness into all activities; and
- ensure workplace policies and processes are inclusive and designed to promote a high-performance culture that values individual contribution, teamwork, innovation and productivity.