For the management team that has created an environment where anyone can feel comfortable and has the chance to shine, regardless of gender, sexuality, race, religion, disability, personality type or thinking style.
This firm has led the way in its jurisdiction in implementing policies and initiatives aimed at creating an inclusive culture, particularly in relation to gender and more recently in relation to the LGBT+ community. For example, women now make up 33% of its partnership. These policies and initiatives are supported fully by the firm’s management, visibly promoted and have been externally recognised. The firm’s long-standing efforts to promote an open and inclusive working environment indicate a commitment to the importance of being an inclusive firm, which benefits staff and clients alike.
Lucy Porter, the team from Arthur Cox and Laura Solomons (The Sutton Trust)
Winner's quote:“We are delighted to receive this award in recognition of the firm’s efforts to promote an open and inclusive working environment. Arthur Cox was one of the first law firms in Ireland to introduce a dedicated programme in this area. The firm has formal gender and equality & diversity policies which outline our commitment to developing a workplace that gives everyone the opportunity to achieve their full potential, by working towards the removal of any form of discrimination. Gender diversity is a core business issue for us. Today, 33% of the firm’s partners are women. We are making real progress but we are not complacent. Diversity continues to be a key focus for the firm” Brian O'Gorman, Managing Partner at Arthur Cox