Can you define a Gowling WLG person? No, and that's the point. We celebrate the diversity of our people - different backgrounds; different cultures; different experiences; different interests; different ages; different needs. One thing we do have in common? We take our responsibility to our people, our environment and our communities seriously. Here's a quick overview of the areas we focus on.
Corporate responsibility: For us, corporate responsibility (CR) is all about making connections and making a difference. Not just to benefit the not-for-profits, individuals and suppliers we work with, but to strengthen relationships with our communities and clients, and for the wellbeing and development of our people. Our main aims are tackling homelessness, education and inner city needs; reducing our impact on the environment; and encouraging responsible business behaviour with our external partners.
Charity: Each year our people nominate and vote for our charities of the year. Throughout 2016 we're supporting three charities. A national charity, Beyond Food Foundation, London-based charity, Bliss and Birmingham-based charity, Help Harry Help Others. Trainees play a major role in fundraising, from taking part in the "Tour de Chien" (Birmingham to London cycling challenge) to organising and running the annual Big Quiz.
Wellbeing: Enable, our wellbeing network, is committed to ensuring our workforce are healthy, happy and engaged. From wellbeing events to training from not for profit organisation Mindapples and lifestyle apps, we are always looking for new ways to look after our people, and we want to create a culture where our people are comfortable with asking for help and know that support is available.
Gender equality: Our More Women initiative (comprising five different working groups) aims to address the gender imbalance in our partnership and management. From celebrating International Women's Day and running networking events, to looking closely at flexible working, mentoring and the path to partnership, we're dedicated to improving gender equality at the firm.
Ethnic diversity: We've implemented initiatives to reach out to black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, and we've created a workplace that recognises cultural differences. We celebrate and raise awareness of cultural and religious dates important to our people, such as Chinese New Year, Eid, Rosh Hashanah, Ramadan, Yom Kippur, Diwali, Black History Month, Christmas and Easter.
Sexual orientation: OpenHouse is our network for LGBT staff and straight allies. It is co-sponsored by chairman Andrew Witts and Head of Corporate Responsibility, Lorna Gavin. We're a Stonewall Global Diversity Champion.