Hogan Lovells Holds Diversity Awareness Month

LONDON, 8 March 2011 - Hogan Lovells will hold its first global Diversity Awareness Month from today, Tuesday 8 March and International Women's Day, to Friday 8 April 2011. The month will also see the launch of the Hogan Lovells London Disability and Wellbeing Network, with special guest speaker Andy Barrow, member of ParalympicsGB.

Following on from a successful Diversity Awareness Week in Hogan Lovells' London office in 2009, the aim of Diversity Awareness Month is to raise awareness among staff about diversity and inclusion and to celebrate the positive contribution a diverse workforce brings.

Every office will hold at least one diversity-related event during the course of the month, including seminars and workshops open to all staff.

In London, 19 events will take place, including some high profile guest speakers:

• a drinks reception co-hosted by Women in Banking and Finance with an address from Fru Hazlitt, Managing Director of Commercial, Online and Interactive, ITV

• a presentation from Sandie Okoro, General Counsel, Barings Asset Management, on diversity from a client perspective

• a talk on her life experience and achievements, women in law and workplace diversity by Shami Chakrabarti CBE, Director of Liberty

This is in addition to sessions on disfigurement and bias, black students and City law, generational diversity, understanding mental illness, sexuality in the workplace, financial planning, nutrition and first aid for families, among others.

Ruth Grant, Co-Chair of Hogan Lovells Worldwide Diversity Committee, said:

"Holding a formal Diversity Awareness Month is a tangible way of demonstrating our commitment to diversity and to progressing initiatives in this area.  It also serves as an opportunity to raise awareness of diversity-related issues among our people."

Hogan Lovells has a comprehensive strategy to enhance diversity and ensure an inclusive atmosphere in the workplace, 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 the diversity agenda and integrate diversity and inclusiveness into all activities
• ensure our workplace policies and processes are inclusive and designed to promote a high-performance culture that values individual contribution, teamwork, innovation and productivity.

Hogan Lovells' commitment in this area has been recently recognised by:

• being rated as the most attractive employer for lawyers in Germany for the second year in a row by azur100 - Top Employers for Lawyers, 2011.
• ranking as the UK's 10th highest scoring private sector employer and third highest scoring law firm in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2011 Workplace Equality Index, a guide to the UK's top gay-friendly employers.  
• receiving a top rating of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign’s annual Best Places to Work Corporate Equality Index Report two years in a row (2010 and 2011).  


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