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Hogan Lovells Sponsors SEED Awards 2013

16 April 2013

LONDON, 16 April 2013 - Hogan Lovells is supporting the 2013 SEED Gender Equality Awards, launched today, 16 April.

The SEED Initiative identifies and supports small-scale start-up entrepreneurs globally. The awards will recognise social and environmental enterprises that are led or owned by women or which make significant contributions to mitigating or adapting to climate change.

SEED will make available a package of tailored support services which consists of:

  • Support from the Hogan Lovells social entrepreneurs practice.
  • Assistance and advice on developing and improving the business and financial plan.
  • A three-day business-oriented workshop covering the key elements and factors which help to build a successful social and environmental enterprise.
  • Profiling the winning enterprise nationally, regionally and internationally.
  • Assistance with access to relevant organisations, businesses, and to other SEED winners and alumni, and partners, supporters and associates.
  • A financial contribution of US$5,000 to cover the enterprise’s most pressing needs, as agreed between the winner and SEED.

To find out more about the SEED Awards and how to enter visit: www.seedinit.org.

Commenting on the awards Yasmin Waljee OBE, International Pro Bono Manager at Hogan Lovells, said:

"We are proud to support the SEED / UN Women / UNIDO Gender Equality Awards which recognise and reward social entrepreneurs that are making a real difference in sustainable development.  Women business leaders are at the forefront of this agenda and all too often go unrecognised for their outstanding contribution and these awards aim to change that".

Hogan Lovells has a comprehensive strategy to actively integrate diversity and inclusiveness into all activities, which includes several women's initiatives and achievements:

  • A global diversity plan which commits to increasing the number of women partners to 25% by the start of 2017, and 30% by the start of 2022; and of women in management positions to 30% by 2015.
  • An international advisory practice for social entrepreneurs, particularly supportive of women social entrepreneurs.
  • A number of pro bono programmes which relate to the provision of free legal advice to vulnerable women.
  • Ranking in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women for the third year running in 2013.

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