Originally published: January 23, 2017
The impetus to improve diversity in the workplace is growing across the world and in the UK is being driven by growing awareness of the issues and new legislation.
Here at Dentons, we have established a Diversity and Inclusion Committee which "spans a wide range of backgrounds, perspectives and geographic locations" and is in keeping with our identity as a multinational, polycentric firm that keeps diversity and inclusion at the core of our practice. The wide-ranging activities undertaken by this committee and its supporters have been instrumental in raising awareness of diversity issues across Dentons' practice – a fact acknowledged by Stonewall in the publication last week of the Top 100 Employers Index 2017 for LGBT staff. We are delighted to report that we have risen some 80 places in the last year to 17th in the Index.
Thankfully, Dentons are not alone: many other law and other professional businesses have similar initiatives, as do our clients in the construction industry.