At DLA Piper, diversity and inclusion are a part of how we live our values. We are one of the world’s largest law firms, with lawyers and staff in more than 30 countries throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and our efforts to embrace, value and incorporate diversity are woven into our culture. For us, diversity isn’t just about visible differences, it’s the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual and we know it’s crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued.
We are committed to contributing to the wellbeing of the communities we serve and to fostering responsible business. We have a track record of supporting and developing initiatives which represent and support diversity and inclusion within society. In developing these initiatives, we consider it vitally important to form strategic alliances with local, national and global charities.
DLA Piper and its global LGBT+ network, Iris, have supported SchoolsOUT and its National Festival for a number of years. We are proud to call SchoolsOUT an important strategic partner of ours. This year we shall be working closely with SchoolsOUT to collaborate on a series of events designed to promote the values we share and seek to promote:
- thought leadership through investigating and presenting new perspectives on our past and present;
- excellence through focusing on research-driven academic output and in presenting high-quality events with well-respected and renowned speakers, such as Diana Souhami and Bisi Alimi; and
- making a positive impact through taking the initiative to promote and instigate change, challenging current modes of thinking and capitalising on the success of the previous years’ LGBT History Festival.