What inclusion means to AG
At Addleshaw Goddard, we recognise the importance of nurturing an inclusive culture to help us attract, retain and enable our people to be the best we can be.
We understand that diverse firms are more attractive to potential and existing employees and that culturally diverse teams are more innovative and agile. Cultural diversity is a key measure of our success and we commit to reporting progress to the Board on a biannual basis.
Inclusion Programme Objectives
The overall objectives of AG's inclusion programme are:
- To continue to improve our diverse mix by attracting high calibre people from a range of backgrounds, bearing in mind that talent is not limited to one type of person or group of people
- To nurture a culture that centres on equality, inclusion and mutual respect, so that individuals stay with us, perform to their best and progress into senior positions
- To be a firm known for its flexibility, inclusivity and innovation when it comes to diversity and inclusion in the legal marketplace
AG Inclusion Strategy - a progressive approach
Our Executive Team and Board have recently approved a progressive inclusion strategy in support of achieving our objectives and designed to nurture a positive working culture for all. Our revitalised strategic approach focuses on creating more opportunities for greater collaboration and encouraging higher levels of engagement and participation from our wider partnership and workforce.
Much of our success in recent years has been in the areas of Gender and Social Mobility, and we intend to continue providing a level of commitment to retain this level of success. We also plan to shift greater focus towards our Ethnicity and LGBTQ+ agenda, whilst continuing to target investment towards our Families and Disability initiatives. Agile working will remain a key focus – this is something which benefits all of us, not only those with caring responsibilities.
There is also a commitment to encourage and enable existing colleague networks and forums to lead on events and localised activities that promote an inclusive culture e.g. through our existing internal LGBTQ+ network, Open AG, and the creation of a firm-wide Multicultural Forum.
A New Inclusion Programme Structure
The Board has recently approved a new structure, designed to increase greater strategic and operational support for the AG Inclusion Programme, and enable a closer alignment to the ambitions of our CSR Programme.
Diversity is represented at the most senior level of our business by our Board sponsor. We have appointed Inclusion Partners across the full set of inclusion portfolios (Gender, Ethnicity, LGBTQ+, Social Mobility and Disability) and also appointed Inclusion Advocates within each Division. This approach clearly demonstrates a visible and positive commitment from business leaders across the firm to role model and promote behaviours associated with an inclusive culture.
We are a founding signatory to The Law Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Charter and co-founders of the Mindful Business Charter.
In support our Inclusion Programme we are active members of Working Families, Stonewall, the Social Mobility Business Compact, the Social Mobility Business Programme, City Solicitors Horizons and PRIME – an alliance of law firms that has undertaken to broaden access to the profession.
- Culture: The best we can be
For more information on our diversity work, visit:
- Gender >
- LGBTQ+ >
Alternatively, please don't hesitate to email us and get in touch.
In support of our Inclusion Programme, we are active members of:
- The Glass Charter
We are also a founding signatory to:
- PRIME >
(An alliance of law firms that has undertaken to broaden access to the profession)
- Policies and Reports
Our diversity policy
As a firm we aim to be a natural choice for talent; a true meritocracy where everyone is able to reach their full potential within a culture that embraces diversity and promotes equality, inclusion and mutual respect.
As such, we are committed to preventing any form of discrimination, providing equal opportunities for all and encouraging diversity in employment.
Inclusion Report 2020
We are delighted to share with you our inaugural Inclusion Report.
As a firm we are committed to making positive changes within our business to enable us to foster a more inclusive environment for our staff and this report details our strategic approach to achieving this goal.
Gender pay report
Diversity makes good business sense and that is why our strategy to diversify our firm sits firmly within our wider business strategy.