Over a 100 people, of which the majority are clients, attended the December Diversity Drinks event on December 2. It marked the first time NautaDutilh held a diversity event with a special focus on LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender), managing partner Gaike Dalenoord said in his speech.
Another milestone, Gaike said, 'More than 110 years after Adolphine Kok the first female lawyer in the Netherlands joined one of NautaDutilh's predecessors, we are the first Benelux law firm to have their own internal LGBT network.' All employees who want to show their commitment to LGBT inclusion, can join the network ND GLOBE (Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual Employees).
With this move, NautaDutilh follows in the footsteps of Accenture and 35 other big corporations, including ABN AMRO, PwC and ING. These companies are also part of Workplace Pride, an international platform aimed to promote LGBT inclusion in the work space. We will join this network in 2015.
Diversity: good for business
At the December Diversity Drinks event Alexandra van der Tuin, managing director MD at Accenture, highlighted the positive results of the Accenture LGBT network which she helped to launch in 2010. Before its founding, already many initiatives were taking place in the field of LGBT, Alexandra said, 'but after we started a pilot a whole new world opened up.' According to her, diversity says so much more about a corporation than its attitude towards LGBT; it shows how the level of a company`s transparency and not to mention, it`s good for business.