08 Mar 2019
International law firm Ashurst's Glasgow office celebrated LGBTI History month with a broad range of activities across the whole month, culminating in a series of Trans 101 events hosted by Global Butterflies and the firm's internal LGBTI network, Spectrum and Allies.
With the aim of further developing the firm's trans* inclusive working environment, founder of Global Butterflies Rachel Reese hosted three workshops: 'The trans* space in 50 minutes', for all staff; a trans* inclusivity workshop for Glasgow-based Spectrum and Allies personnel and Well-being Officers; and a trans* inclusivity training session tailored towards managers, providing the tools, understanding and resources necessary to support trans* colleagues or those looking to transition.
The firm was also thrilled to welcome colleague and Head of Business Development Germany, David Scholz, who shared his insight into trans* issues and transitioning in the workplace.
Glasgow office managing partner, Mike Polson, commented:
"The level of engagement and support for these fantastic events from our teams within Ashurst Glasgow was absolutely fantastic and demonstrates our shared and unconditional commitment to be renowned for diversity and inclusion."
Head of Business Development Germany, David Scholz, commented:
"I was overwhelmed by the outstanding interest demonstrated in the three sessions on trans* in the Glasgow office. It was a pleasure to answer so many good questions from colleagues, and really emphasised how engaged everyone is in making Ashurst a truly trans* inclusive workplace."
LGBTI History Month was also celebrated at the firm with a panel discussion on diverse family life and messages of support from Allies across the office were displayed.
Following the firm's recognition as 'Diversity Star Performer' at the Herald and GenAnalytics Diversity Awards in October 2018, Ashurst continues its commitment to diversity and inclusion and to harnessing the benefits of a diverse workforce. The firm recently introduced bystander intervention training and a calling out campaign to support all partners and staff in feeling confident to constructively call out any unacceptable language or behaviour in the workplace. This runs in parallel to Ashurst's Global Committed To Change initiative, which engages partners to make a public and proactive commitment to diversity and inclusion as a method to utilising the power of inclusive leadership, with the aim that every office and practice group has at least one local C2C member.