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Herbert Smith Freehills Finalist in Business in the Community Gender Equality Awards

23 February 2016 | London
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Herbert Smith Freehills has been shortlisted as a Finalist in the Business in the Community Workplace Gender Equality Awards 2016. Now in their 21st year, these awards recognise and celebrate best practice, innovation and individual achievement in public and private sector organisations that are leading the way in creating workplaces that work for women.

 

Herbert Smith Freehills has been shortlisted as a Finalist in the Business in the Community Workplace Gender Equality Awards 2016. Now in their 21st year, these awards recognise and celebrate best practice, innovation and individual achievement in public and private sector organisations that are leading the way in creating workplaces that work for women.

Herbert Smith Freehills has been shortlisted as a Finalist in the Transforming Culture Award category which recognises workplace programmes, initiatives or strategies that are effecting change at an organisational or cultural level. The firm was nominated for the launch of its agile working initiative, which became operational in the London office in September 2015, providing employees with more control over when, how and where they work on an ad hoc basis.

Earlier this year, the firm launched an Early Adopter initiative to identify any remaining barriers to agile working. A survey of participants showed how valued the option of agile working is: 89% of participants reported improved work-life balance, and 75% said agile working enhanced their productivity.

This award comes shortly after the firm has been recognised as one of the Top 10 global employers for LGBT inclusion by Stonewall, the UK's leading LGBT rights organisation, ranked 25th in Stonewall's top 100 Workplace Equality Index 2016 and named one of five legal Diversity Champions in The Lawyer’s first-ever Diversity Audit, for not only driving the diversity agenda within their organisations, but for taking the lead on inclusion too.

Senior Partner James Palmer said:

"We are delighted to have been shortlisted as a finalist in the Transforming Culture Award category at these prestigious awards. This accolade reflects our commitment to being a workplace where everyone is respected for who they really are and what they can do. It is also great recognition of our strategic focus to increase the number of women in the partnership.  Diversity and inclusion remain core principles for our business and we are committed to improving still further in our focus on them."

Kathryn Nawrockyi, Gender Equality Director, Business in the Community, said:

“Congratulations to Herbert Smith Freehills on being named a Finalist in the Business in the Community Workplace Gender Awards 2016. All of our Finalists demonstrate a clear commitment towards creating inclusive workplaces where women are able to progress and reach their full potential.”

The winners will be announced at the Business in the Community Workplace Gender Equality Awards Gala Dinner, which takes place on Wednesday 20th April 2016 at the London Hilton on Park Lane, as part of Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Week.

About Herbert Smith Freehills
 Operating from over 24 offices across Asia Pacific, EMEA and North America, Herbert Smith Freehills is at the heart of the new global business landscape providing premium quality, full-service legal advice. We provide many of the world’s most important organisations with access to market-leading dispute resolution, projects and transactional legal advice, combined with expertise in a number of global industry sectors, including energy, natural resources, infrastructure, technology and financial services. www.herbertsmithfreehills.com
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