Cemented in Stonewall WEI – Hogan Lovells firmly in the Top 40 mix

Hogan Lovells has made the top 40 of the Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2018 Workplace Equality Index - published today, 31 January.

Coming in at no. 31, this is the eighth consecutive year that Hogan Lovells has made the Top 100 list, and the sixth time it has reached the top 50.

The Stonewall Top 100 Employers are the best performing employers on Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index 2018, an annual audit of workplace culture for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff.

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 organisation, and the results from a staff feedback survey. There were more than 430 submissions for this year's index. This year Stonewall received over 92,000 responses to the staff survey making it one of the largest national employment surveys in Britain.

Sian Owles, partner and Co-Chair of Hogan Lovells' UK Pride network, said:

"Ranking consistently in the Stonewall Top 50 really demonstrates that inclusivity and an LGBT+ friendly culture are embedded in Hogan Lovells. We are committed to diversity and inclusion, and this recognition is proof of progress that is encouraging for all our people."

"The launch of our global LGBT+ and allies network, Pride+, last year has seen over 1,200 colleagues sign-up worldwide. It is incredible to feel that level of support."

Last year Hogan Lovells launched a new Gender Transitioning in the Workplace Policy in the UK, which sets out guidelines for transitioning individuals and their colleagues in the workplace, including information on the resources and guidance the firm can offer. Trans inclusion training is also available to all people in the firm and covers practical considerations, advice on how to communicate with our people and clients using appropriate language, and where to go for confidential support.

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

• Recognised by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) with a 100 percent rating in its 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), for the ninth consecutive year

• Partner Allan Wardrop named in the FT OUTstanding list 2017 as a Top 50 Ally Executive

• Won Diversity Initiative of the Year at the UK Diversity Awards 2017

• Awarded the National Equality Standard (NES) in the UK in 2017

• Won Most Inclusive Firm at the MPF Awards 2017

• Ranked 26th in the first-ever Top 50 Social Mobility Employer Index in 2017

• Listed in the inaugural BitC Best Employers for Race Listing in 2017

• Ranked in the UK Top 30 Employers for Working Families List 2017

• Acknowledged as a Times Top 50 Employer for Women for the sixth time in 2017

• Named to the 2017 Working Mother Best Law Firms for Women list for the sixth consecutive year

Ruth Grant, partner and Chair of Hogan Lovells Global Diversity & Inclusion Committee, commented:

"To receive industry recognition for our efforts is hugely encouraging and is incredibly rewarding for our UK Pride network and our new global Pride+ network. 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 Workplace Equality Index 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.

Darren Towers, Executive Director, Stonewall said:

“Hogan Lovells and all those who have made this year’s Top 100 Employers list have done a fantastic job. Taking part in our Index shows real commitment to understanding and advancing LGBT equality. This year, for the first time, the Index looked at what employers were doing for trans equality in the workplace. This work is crucial. We recently published LGBT in Britain: Trans Report, which revealed the profound inequality facing trans people in Britain today. Half of trans people have hidden their identity at work for fear of discrimination. This must change and it’s encouraging to see so many organisations make a commitment to trans equality. With their support and hard work we can create a world where all lesbian, gay, bi and trans employees are welcomed and accepted without exception.”

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