Climbing the Stonewall WEI – Hogan Lovells at Heady Heights of Top 20

Hogan Lovells has made the top 20 of the Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2017 Workplace Equality Index - published today, 19 January - for the first time. Coming in at no. 17, this is the seventh consecutive year that Hogan Lovells has made the Top 100 list, and the fifth time it has reached the top 50.

The Stonewall Workplace Equality Index benchmarks the progress made by UK organisations on lesbian, gay and bisexual equality within the workplace. The index measures progress on policy and practice, employee engagement, employee development and support, monitoring, community engagement, the number of openly gay, lesbian or bisexual employees at senior levels within the organization, and the results from a staff feedback survey. There were 439 submissions for this year's index.

Sian Owles, partner and Co-Chair of Hogan Lovells' London PRIDE network, said:

"Ranking consistently in the Stonewall Top 50 really demonstrates that inclusivity and an LGBT friendly culture are embedded in Hogan Lovells. The PRIDE network is fully supported by the firm, with our annual allies London lunch a highlight in a busy social calendar. Breaking into the top 20 this year reflects our commitment to making a change and is proof of progress that is encouraging for all our people."

The firm's work in the diversity arena is recognised extensively in the global marketplace, including:

  • Receiving a top rating of 100% for seven consecutive years (2010-2016) on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index – Best Places for LGBT Equality
  • Being listed number 18 in the Excellence in Diversity Awards' Inclusive Top 50 List 2016
  • Being listed in the Times Top 50 Employers for Women for the fifth time in 2016
  • Winning Best Social Mobility Programme at the MPF Awards 2016
  • Winning Outstanding Multicultural/BAME Employee Network award at the Black Solicitors Network's UK Diversity Legal Awards 2016
  • Winning Best Gender Diversity Initiative by an International Firm at the Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2016
  • Being named a Top 30 Employer For Working Families 2016 by the charity Working Families
  • Being listed by the Asian Legal Business Diversity List 2016 as one of 10 law firms in Asia promoting a more inclusive workplace
  • Being awarded Best International Firm for Minority Women Lawyers at the Euromoney European Women in Business Law Awards 2016
  • Being selected by DELL, Inc. for its Legal Diversity Award for the second time in the award’s five-year history in 2016 (and 2013)
  • Partner and Chair of Hogan Lovells Global Diversity & Inclusion Committee Ruth Grant winning the Diversity Champion award at the Black Solicitors Network's UK Diversity Legal Awards 2016; 
  • and Woman Lawyer of the Year award at The Law Society Excellence Awards 2016
Ruth Grant, partner and Chair of Hogan Lovells Global Diversity & Inclusion Committee, commented:

"To receive industry recognition for our efforts is hugely encouraging and just reward for the PRIDE network and its allies. As a global law firm our goal is to reflect in our culture the diversity of our communities and our clients. This is key to the growth and success of our people and our business. Being ranked in the Stonewall Top 50 is an added bonus and our people should be very proud to see the step change resulting from our efforts."

Hogan Lovells has a comprehensive strategy reflected in its global diversity plan to enhance diversity and ensure an inclusive working environment, which means commitment to: 

  • Embed a culture of inclusion and engage all members globally in the firm's diversity agenda
  • Build a diverse talent pipeline through retaining and advancing talent
  • Attract, recruit, and develop diverse talent
  • Engage clients and external stakeholders on mutually beneficial diversity initiatives 
  • Monitor progress against diversity objectives.

Duncan Bradshaw, Director of Membership Programmes, Stonewall said:

“Hogan Lovells and all those who have made this year’s Top 100 Employers list have done a fantastic job, and really do put equality and inclusion at the forefront of their work. We were thrilled to have 439 submissions for this year’s Index, one of the most competitive yet, and I would like to thank each and every organisation that took part. With your continued efforts and hard work, we will continue to work toward a world where all lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff are welcomed and accepted without exception in their workplaces.”

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