Sidley Austin LLP Receives ‘Perfect’ 100 Score on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2012 Corporate Equality Index Report
New York - Sidley Austin LLP received a ‘perfect’ 100 score on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2012 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) report. The CEI evaluates companies based on their policies and programs which provide parity and support for their LGBT employees. The firm was also named to the Human Rights Campaign’s annual list of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality,” a distinction that is awarded to businesses that scored 100% on the CEI report. Ratings are based on factors like non-discrimination policies, diversity training and benefits for domestic partners and transgender employees. Sidley has received ‘perfect’ 100 scores on each report since 2008.
“Sidley is fully committed to growing and retaining a diverse workforce,” said Thomas A. Cole, chair of Sidley’s Executive Committee. “Historically, we have taken major steps to foster an inclusive culture through implementation of key firmwide policies and initiatives affecting our LGBT lawyers and communities. We are honored to be recognized by HRC over the past five years for our work in this area.”
Sidley’s Chief Diversity Officer, Sally Olson, continued, “Sidley has been one of the most prominent and progressive proponents of law firm diversity, which is one of the main reasons I was attracted to the firm. Members of our LGBT communities currently practice in each of the firm’s domestic offices, serve on the Diversity Committee and other firm committees and are actively involved in national and local LGBT organizations. We will continue to cultivate a work environment that supports diversity and inclusion throughout our firm.”
Sidley was named to Equality Illinois’ 2010 list of the ten most “LGBT-friendly” law firms doing business in Illinois, in recognition of the firm’s achievements toward LGBT workplace equality. The firm has been a national sponsor of the Lambda Legal Defense Fund, and participates each year in the Lavender Law Career Fair. In addition, Sidley’s pro bono commitment included bidding on and being awarded all of the outside counsel work for Gay Games VII, held in Chicago in the summer of 2006.
To learn more about Sidley’s diversity initiatives, visit http://www.sidley.com/ourfirm/diversity/
Sidley Austin LLP is one of the world’s premier full-service law firms, with approximately 1700 lawyers practicing in 17 U.S. and international cities, including Beijing, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. Repeating its performance in the inaugural 2010 survey, Sidley received the most first-tier national rankings of any U.S. law firm in the 2011/12 U.S.News
– Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” survey. Sidley was also named the U.S.News
– Best Lawyers “Law Firm of the Year” in both Corporate Law and Securities Regulation in the 2011/12 survey (the first year of such designations). BTI, a Boston-based research and consulting firm, has named Sidley as one of only three firms to have been in the top ten of the BTI Client Service rankings every year since the inception of those rankings in 2001, and as number one in three of those years.
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