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Networks and initiatives

Girls 20 summit
Stonewall - Global diversity champions

With more than 7000 people worldwide, we benefit from the diversity of perspective derived from the full spectrum of gender and gender identity, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion, culture and socio-economic backgrounds.

Our global diversity and inclusion priority is to foster a culture where people can be themselves at work, because if people are able to bring their whole self to work they will be more engaged and more productive and only then are we able to leverage the full potential and diversity of perspective our people bring to our practice.

We aim to achieve this by:

  • fostering inclusive leadership;
  • promoting the value of difference and our commitment to an inclusive culture internally;
  • driving the attraction, selection, retention, greater inclusion and career advancement of diverse talent; and
  • informing our clients and our future employees how critical diversity and inclusion is to our core values and business strategy.

As a people business, we have a strong commitment to creating and sustaining a diverse working environment and we are confident that our approach allows us to pursue and retain the best talent, and that an inclusive workforce allows us to understand our clients' needs in diverse markets.

The Global Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council (GDIAC) was established in 2012. GDIAC leads the global strategy for diversity and inclusion and reports quarterly to our Global Executive Committee.

Our global strategy focuses on:

  • People from diverse cultural, racial and ethnic backgrounds
  • Gender
  • People impacted by disability
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
  • People with carer responsibilities
  • People who work flexibly
  • People with disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds

Employee Networks

We have established networks across our offices focused on providing learning, development and networking opportunities for women and under represented groups within the firm. The networks aim to increase diversity, engagement and maximise the retention at Norton Rose Fulbright.

Our global employee network groups include:

  • Compass – for Muslim colleagues
  • Family Matters – for working parents
  • Flex-ability – for colleagues who work flexibly
  • Origins and Minority lawyers networks – for colleagues of ethnic minority backgrounds
  • Pride – for LGBTA colleagues
  • Women in Norton Rose Fulbright – for our female colleagues

Global inclusion week

Our annual Global inclusion week celebrates the diversity in our offices all over the world, and our commitment to inclusion.

This year, various activities took place across all regions from September 19 - 23, 2016, culminating in a photographic exhibition – Showing Pride –  in which colleagues demonstrated their support for our global LGBTA employee resource group, Pride, by wearing rainbow laces.

G(irls) 20 Summit

We are one of the founding partners of G(irls)20, a movement committed to driving the economic and political empowerment of girls and women worldwide. The annual G(irls)20 Summit brings together one delegate from each G20 country, plus a representative from the European Union and the African Union. All the participants are females aged 18-20. These young women have each shown the desire and potential to develop solutions to some of the world's greatest challenges and to be catalysts for change in their own communities and countries.

For more information on the G(irls) 20, visit their website.