Addleshaw Goddard is a keen advocate of LGBTQ+ equality and we subscribe to the philosophy of Stonewall that "people perform better when they can be themselves".
Our LGBTQ+ Agenda – an inclusive approach
We are proud to support an open and inclusive environment for colleagues, clients and suppliers alike. Our LGBTQ+ agenda is sponsored at executive level by Mike Hinchliffe (Inclusion Board Sponsor) and two Inclusion Partners, Marnix Elsenaar and Ross McKenzie - who also act as senior champions for the firm's internal OpenAG network. All our policies are inclusive of same sex couples and our mandatory training includes information designed to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ issues in the workplace.
The OpenAG Network
OpenAG is our UK based LGBTQ+ network and has been established to provide support and assistance to LGBTQ+ colleagues. It is fully inclusive and membership is open to everyone within the business, including our integrated suppliers, whether they identify as LGBTQ+ or as a straight ally.
This network strives to raise awareness of sexual orientation equality in the workplace, support members and offer strategic advice to the firm on issues that may affect LGBTQ+ employees.
- The GLASS Network - Scotland's network for LGBT+ legal professionals
OpenAG are delighted to announce that the firm has signed up as members of The Glass Charter. Launched in 2019 by The Glass Network Committee, of which Associate Laurie Anderson is a member, the committee aims to promote and develop LGBTQ+ inclusiveness within the Scottish legal profession. The Charter itself sets out a framework of principles and guidance to aid firms large and small to achieve this goal and support the wider LGBTQ+ community.
The OpenAG Scotland team have chosen to make a specific commitment over the next year to two of these key principles:
- to promote inclusive recruitment; and
- take local action in the LGBTQ+ community.
Ross McKenzie, Diversity and Inclusion Partner based in our Aberdeen office said, "Promoting inclusive recruitment and supporting initiatives that develop networks across the legal community and businesses including our client base will help make Scotland a much more inclusive place to live and work. The Glass Charter gives us aims to focus our efforts on in the next year and we are excited to see what our network can do."
Good Mental Health – A focus on our LGBTQ+ Community
Links with other external LGBT networks
We take every opportunity to promote our inclusive ethos with the wider community. OpenAG is always keen to establish relationships with other LGBTQ+ networks within our local communities and have connections with the following: