To stress the firm's commitment to an inclusive workplace where LGBTI employees feel valued and welcome, NautaDutilh board member Petra Zijp signed the Declaration of Amsterdam. This declaration, an initiative of Workplace Pride - an international platform striving for LGBTI inclusion at work - is a call to action for employers to "provide a safe, comfortable, equal opportunity workplace and promote authenticity for LGBTI employees."
"Signing this document," Petra said in her speech, " is an important signal and one we should continuously repeat. Even in LGBTI friendly Amsterdam and even today, at the beginning of the 21st century. Yes, we are miles apart from countries such as Chechnya, Iran or Pakistan, where members of the LGBTI community must sometimes fear for their lives, but also closer to home equality and inclusion are under attack. Days after President Trump's inauguration, all information on LGBTI acceptance was removed from the White House website; and just last week, Trump said transgenders can no longer serve in the US Army, in order to 'avoid disturbances.' But also here in Europe - in Russia, France and even our own country - we have seen a rise in violence towards LGBTI's."
Distancing ourselves from such acts is easy, Petra said, but to create a real inclusive environment, more needs to be done. "That calls for action. Things must be done and they need to be made visible and they need to be discussed. Like the signing of this declaration for instance."
At the same ceremony - the third edition of the Roze Zuidasborrel, held at the Amsterdam office of NautaDutilh - Deloitte also signed the declaration; the event was hosted by the accountancy firm, together with ABN AMRO, Accenture and NautaDutilh.
Photo: Petra Zijp managing partner NautaDutilh, David Pollard Executive Director Workplace Pride and Alexander Hijmering chairperson NDGlobe