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DLA Piper New Zealand

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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 people in more than 40 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. Further, we know that our clients expect our people to represent the communities in which we work and value our ability to advise them on both local and global cultures and markets.
We are on a journey and, like most law firms, we still have some distance to travel. But with strategic approaches within our geographic regions, we’re making great progress. Our New Zealand Diversity and Inclusion Steering committee was launched in 2017 along with the creation of four sub-committees, including:

  • IRIS: Committee to promote an inclusive work environment for all colleagues particularly those who identify with LGBTI
  • FLEX: Committee to establish a framework, policy, and culture around flexible working, workplace agility and wellness (including mental health)
  • BMX (Baby boomer/Millennial/Gen X): Committee to develop mutual enrichment and education of 3 generations in the workplace
  • HIP (Heritage and Identity Project): Committee to promote and enhance a culture that is inclusive of all races and cultures whilst recognizing the uniqueness of Māori as tangata whenua in our country

DLA Piper has already seen great success from these initiatives: 40% female partnership in New Zealand; a shared optimism across all generations in our workplace about collaborating together; and over a third of our employees being members of a D&I committee. However, diversity and inclusion is not a set and forgets exercise. Our commitment to creating an environment where people bring their whole selves to work, every day, is a journey that will continue well into 2019 and beyond.