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International diversity and inclusion

At Eversheds Sutherland, the case for diversity and inclusion (D&I) is clear, it underpins our values and purpose. We recognize that having diverse talent across our business brings many benefits and that a culture of inclusion, where each person feels able to be their true self at work and reach their full potential is key.

Within Eversheds Sutherland International we have 5 people networks:

  • Gender
  • Perspective (LGBT+)
  • Verve (Race and Ethnicity)
  • Ability (Wellbeing, Ability and Carers); and
  • Multi Faith.

All our networks are open to all our employees and partners, and we encourage allies to get involved.

We have an Inclusion Council which meets three times per year to drive our progress, with representation from our D&I Partner sponsor, and Global Head of HR and Pensions (Diane Gilhooley), along with our CEO, and partner sponsors/committee representatives from our networks. And we work with external specialist organisations to support our D&I progress.

Our memberships include the Business Disability Forum, Stonewall, Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (ENEI), Business in the Community (BITC) and City Parents.  And we are signatories to 3 European Charters – the Charte de la Diversité (French diversity charter), Charta der vielfalt (German diversity charter) and Diversity Charter Ireland.

You may also like to follow us on social media as we regularly share stories about our diversity and inclusion activities on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Awards, Recognition and Commitments

We are proud of the progress our people have made towards embedding D&I and good practice across Eversheds Sutherland. Our latest success stories include:

  • We have adopted the Halo Code, recognising the right of staff to embrace all Afro-hairstyles and celebrating our colleagues’ individual racial, ethnic, religious and cultural identities.
  • In 2021 we were ranked among The Times Top 50 Employers for Women, the fifteenth year we have been included in this list, and its predecessor.
  • Our CEO, Lee Ranson, and Diane Gilhooley, Global Head of HR and Pensions, were both recognised in the 2019 HERoes Women Role Model list, respectively as Advocate Executive, and Women Executive.
  • We are a member of The 30% club, and in 2019 we became a signatory to The Law Society’s Women in Law pledge.
  • We are a signatory to the Race at Work Charter, and are a champion partner of the BITC’s race equality campaign.
  • For twelve consecutive years we have been ranked as a Stonewall Top 100 Employer, recognising our progress on LGBT+ equality. In the 2019 Hong Kong LGBT+ Inclusion award we were awarded Gold, an increase from Silver recognition in 2017.
  • 2019 Litigation partner Rachael Shek was named as finalist for 2019 Hong Kong LGBT+ Executive Sponsor awards.
  • Our CEO Lee Ranson was recognised as OUTstanding Executive LGBT+ Ally in 2018, and Irish Litigation partner, Aisling Gannon, achieved the same award in 2019.
  • We are a Disability Confident Employer, and have been since 2016. In 2018 we became a signatory to the Time to Change Employer Pledge, and in 2019 we became a signatory to The Valuable 500.
  • Konexo’s Global Entity Senior Coordinator, Heather Lacey has, for two years running, been included in the Shaw Trust Disability Power List’s top 100 list for the most influential people with a disability in the UK.
  • We have been recognized as a top 50 employer for three consecutive years since the Social Mobility Employer Index started in 2017.

Our international diversity and inclusion targets

Our D&I targets and demographic summary data are focussed at the local and global level. This is to ensure we comply with the restrictions some countries place on data collection, and to ensure we are reflecting local priorities while having a strategic global view.

In our International offices we have a target of :

  • 30% female partners by 2021
  • 10% ethnic minority UK partners by 2025
  • 14% ethnic minority colleagues within the UK (employees and partners) by 2022

For any questions on diversity and inclusion within Eversheds Sutherland International, please email
inclusion@eversheds-sutherland.com

Download our Diversity and Inclusion global brochure
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