Pinsent Masons has been a high performer in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers list over the last 10 years, securing the number two spot in both 2017 and 2018.
The firm is passionate about diversity and inclusion which forms a core part of its values and purpose. Pinsent Masons believes that embedding a culture in which all its employees feel empowered to bring their whole selves to work requires ongoing commitment and the continuous implementation of transformational steps to promote progress.
Pinsent Masons has developed specific training for its HR department to remove barriers to employment for trans individuals, and training to ensure that all employees are able to create a welcoming environment for trans colleagues, clients and visitors.
The firm also offers development opportunities, including some specifically for LGBT women, supporting them to overcome the ‘double-glazed glass ceiling’.
Their active LGBT and allies employee network group engages with intersectional LGBT identities and offers a range of support and mentoring. Representatives across each of the firm's eight UK offices deliver a comprehensive programme of events and initiatives.
For instance, in Belfast, Pinsent Masons is focused not only on shaping a truly inclusive work environment but also on ensuring they use their resource and influence to have a wider impact. In the last year, Pinsent Masons has played an integral role in establishing Businesses for Love Equality, a group of employers in Northern Ireland who published a joint statement in September 2018 in support of the extension of equal marriage. Pinsent Masons in Belfast has become an important role model to other employers across the province when it comes to LGBT inclusion.
Pinsent Masons engages deeply with the LGBT community right across the UK. It supports organisations and community groups in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and uses its position to campaign for wider LGBT equality publicly. It works with a number of schools to promote LGBT equality, acceptance and education.
With its senior executives playing a visible role in the firm's initiatives for LGBT, the firm is explicit in its commitment to championing change for the LGBT community and enabling everyone to feel welcomed, supported and motivated regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.