Hogan Lovells Launches London Multicultural Network
16 August 2012
LONDON, 16 August 2012 - Hogan Lovells in London has marked the launch of its new Multicultural Network with an event in support of its global Touch charity partner, Action Against Hunger, to raise awareness of Ramadan. Touch is Hogan Lovells' matched global giving charitable initiative.
The 'Ten Hours for Touch' fast took place from 10am-8pm yesterday, Wednesday 15 August. Staff were invited to participate in a 10 hour fast to raise awareness of the physical challenges that individuals face when fasting in a working environment, to demonstrate empathy for those who experience extreme hunger due to poverty or as a consequence of their circumstances. The fast raised money by donating the cost of the lunch that would have been eaten.
A representative of Action Against Hunger, an international humanitarian organisation committed to ending child hunger, presented to staff over lunchtime and at the end of the working day a celebratory breaking of the fast meal was provided.
The Multicultural Network, launched earlier this summer, is one of five employee networks in the London office that form a core part of Hogan Lovells' diversity activities.
The Multicultural Network aims to:
- increase the firm’s awareness and understanding of issues relating to culture, ethnicity and faith;
- encourage employee engagement through the development of employee networks, and to foster a culture of mutual respect and inclusivity by celebrating difference;
- support recruitment initiatives relating to the attraction and recruitment of diverse employees; and
- support wider business development by raising awareness and supporting effective engagement with diverse, global clients.
Neil Mirchandani, Chair of Hogan Lovells' Multicultural Network, said:
"Our network focuses on raising awareness of issues that relate to culture, ethnicity and faith. We see the network as a great opportunity to celebrate the multicultural nature of the firm and to enhance our mutual respect for each other.
"During the period of Ramadan many Muslim colleagues fast between the hours of dawn and sunset. One of the reasons why Muslims fast during Ramadan is to develop compassion by experiencing the hunger that others around the world feel daily, and with this event we hope to raise awareness of both Muslim culture and malnutrition, and to raise money for Action Against Hunger."
Ruth Grant, People Development Partner and Chair of Hogan Lovells London Diversity Committee, added:
“Establishing a Multicultural Network reflects the continued focus we have placed on maintaining a working environment that is inclusive and welcoming to all, regardless of background or preference. This network is a great opportunity for us to celebrate the diversity of our people and raise awareness within the firm of issues relating to culture, ethnicity and faith.”
About Action Against Hunger
Action Against Hunger is an international humanitarian organization committed to ending child hunger. Recognized as a leader in the fight against malnutrition, Action Against Hunger saves the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger.