Diversity, inclusion and inspiring women leaders

Diversity and Inclusion underpins how we live our values and everything we do. We are defined by our people and are committed to recruiting, developing and retaining the highest calibre of professionals who reflect the diversity of our clients and the communities and markets we work in. We welcome the unique contribution that each person brings to our firm. Our people own our D&I journey, which is why over a third of our people are active in one of our five D&I committees:

  • IRIS: Promoting an inclusive work environment for colleagues who identify as LGBTI.
  • BMX: (Baby boomer/Millennial/Gen X), developing mutual enrichment of all generations in the workplace.
  • HIP: (Heritage and Identity Project), enhancing inclusion of all races and cultures while recognising the uniqueness of Māori as tangata whenua.
  • THRIVE: Promoting and enhancing our workplace agility and wellness (including mental health).
  • LAW: Leadership Alliance for Women Group, our network that plays an integral role in our vision for a gender balanced and inclusive firm.

Pro bono, giving something back

We also have a deep commitment to pro bono, with every lawyer encouraged to perform at least 35 hours of pro bono work each year. We work with individuals and organisations that could not otherwise afford counsel, providing advice across a wide range of specialisms and geographies. Additionally, all our people are allocated two days a year to participate in firm-organised volunteering activities in the community. 

To deliver on our commitment of providing equal opportunity and breaking down barriers faced by under-represented groups when entering the business of law, we have partnered with The Prince’s Trust NZ to launch our Head Start New Zealand programme. 

Sustainability

DLA Piper strives to be a leader in environmental sustainability. We undertake initiatives to reduce our own operational environmental impact and we believe that our greatest contribution to a sustainable environment is the advice and support we provide to our clients – both in managing their own environmental impacts and assessing and responding to climate-related risks and opportunities.

We also make an active contribution to international climate policy discussions and the development of investments in low-carbon technology and infrastructure.

Some of our goals and initiatives include:

  • Energy: Our target is to reduce energy consumption by 25 percent by 2025.
  • Waste: By 2025, we aim to reduce paper use by 25 percent and to increase the percentage of the waste we recycle.
  • Sustainable procurement: We are currently in the process of implementing a supplier portal to encourage all of our major suppliers to provide us with regular, consistent sustainability performance data. We have also adopted a sustainable procurement policy.
  • Head for Sustainability and ESG: In April 2020, we appointed the firm's first International Head for Sustainability and ESG. It is a global topic which requires a global response and we are ideally placed as a firm to guide and assist our clients in this important area, and to play our role in helping to make business better.