We have signed the Diversity Charter and continue to build a strong ESG strategy
From the outset, we have been committed to building an open working environment based on respect for different needs, individual potential and talents. Signing the Diversity Charter is a natural step forward, as we strongly believe that only with such a philosophy can we build sustainable value for the organisation and a space in which we have the opportunity to grow.
The Diversity Charter – our commitment to support diversity
The Diversity Charter is one of the largest international equality projects under the auspices of the European Commission, coordinated in Poland by the Responsible Business Forum (FOB).
The Diversity Charter is our commitment to:
- Prohibit any form of discrimination in the workplace
- Implement measures to create and promote diversity
- Involve all employees and business and social partners in these actions
- Report on progress in their implementation
For us, this is another important milestone in the implementation of ESG policies, this time in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).
“We have always been committed to equality and diversity. An example of this can be seen with half of our Firm management being women. They are the ones who run our key departments, supporting legal practices in director roles. We have a similar situation among partners and equity partners, with a third of our practice heads being women” – says Piotr Kochański, Managing Partner.
“We also know that diversity brings us international recognition. Last year, a prominent Ukrainian lawyer – Markiyan Malskyy, PhD – joined our equity partners, and is now leading a number of our clients’ projects in Ukraine. We also employ Ukrainian lawyers and consultants. Another of our lawyers, Parasto Yari, an Afghan activist and human rights defender, works with us as a pro-bono lawyer after we helped her and her family to settle in Warsaw after fleeing Kabul on the last plane. We also have other similar examples. We have created a diverse team of highly competent and open-minded individuals, and a friendly and inclusive space where everyone’s contribution is valued” – concluded Piotr Kochański.
We work with those who change the world for the better. We find the rules
By signing the Charter, we are sending a clear message to our business partners, clients, contractors, and current and future colleagues that we not only want to create the best possible working environment for ourselves, but that we are actively working to promote and extend this idea.
“We are implementing very specific measures to provide equal opportunities for growth and promotion. We are proud of the achievements of all our team members, but we are not resting on our laurels, as we are fully aware of the changing needs of our employees” – added Monika Wojciechowska, CEO and CFO.
“We run regular programmes to raise the team’s awareness of inclusive language, conduct cyber-security, anti-corruption, mobbing and discrimination trainings, and are actively engaged in employee initiatives. We also involve our lawyers in mentoring programmes, including the international Next Generation programme run by our international partners. We aim to promote an attitude of openness and tolerance, involving both ourselves and our business and social partners. We believe that this will benefit us all” – stressed Monika Wojciechowska.
Key Diversity Charter projects include DiversityINCheck – a tool to assess the maturity of employers in managing diversity in their organisations, and Diversity@Work – a project to support anti-discrimination, and to promote diversity and equal opportunities in the workplace.
We are building a consistent ESG strategy
The signing of the Diversity Charter is a further step towards ESG. In December 2022, we became a member of the United Nations Global Compact, the UN’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.
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