DLA Piper Diversity & Inclusion


First Minister and leading legal figures in Scotland back LGBT+ workplace equality campaign
18 May 2017
Region: EMEA

First Minister and leading legal figures in Scotland back LGBT+ workplace equality campaign

DLA Piper's Edinburgh office, led by Iris Network UK Representative Chris Rennie, hosted the launch event for the "#TheseAreOurPrinciples" campaign, a social media campaign promoting LGBT+ equality across the Scottish Legal profession.

The campaign is the result of a collaboration between the Law Society of Scotland and The Glass Network, supported by DLA Piper. It involves leading influential members of the Scottish Legal profession, including First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Law Commissioner Hector MacQueen, recording a series of shareable video clips that set out key principles of Scots law and facts about LGBT+ equality in the workplace. One of these videos features John McKinlay, DLA Piper Partner, UK Head of Intellectual Property and Technology.

More than a quarter of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the UK choose not to disclose their sexuality or gender identity at work. By visibly supporting and encouraging LGBT+ staff, firms increase job satisfaction, leading to a more productive and skilled workforce.

The campaign is more than just a statement about equality within DLA Piper itself. #TheseAreOurPrinciples encourages everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender, to support diversity in every workplace. whether in-house or international, public or private, high street or city centre.

The launch event took place in DLA Piper’s Edinburgh office on May 18, 2017. Please see the campaign trailer and upcoming videos on the Law Society of Scotland's Youtube page and follow @LawScot and @TheGlassNetworkSco to be the first to see the videos after each new release.

Chris Rennie

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