Diversity & Inclusion
We rely on our people for the quality of the services that we provide. It is only when our people have the freedom to be themselves that they can reach their full potential and provide the best service to our clients. This is why we create an inspiring work environment with equal opportunities for everyone. For us, ambition is more important than background; we don’t care who you are or where you come from; we only want to know where you’re headed.
“Everyone has their own way of looking at the world. Having a diverse set of approaches and bringing people together with various backgrounds – be it gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, age, culture or socioeconomic background – helps us to find better solutions, generate better ideas and look at our clients’ questions from multiple approaches with better outcomes. A diverse workforce teaches us all the skills to communicate and interact with global communities with respect and understanding.
Together, our differences make for a stronger, more inspirational, unique and fun-loving Loyens & Loeff. Diversity gives us the possibility to alter our perspective and see possibilities we may not have seen before.”
- Inez Rongen, Global HR Director
Social Innovation Council
Diversity and inclusion isn’t about words, but about actions. In 2008, we established the Social Innovation Council, which sets specific targets and organizes activities each year to promote diversity & inclusion within Loyens & Loeff. Since the start of the SIC we have signed the Talent to the Top charter, a unique partnership between the government, the private sector and senior businesswomen, and have embraced the declaration of intent for 'Diversity in the legal profession'.
We are also proud to announce that from 2018 onwards Loyens & Loeff and the ECHO foundation will work together to reach an even better balance in our Diversity & Inclusion thinking and programs (for more information see below). ECHO will use their expertise to help make Loyens & Loeff the inclusive firm we want to be. In which everyone, regardless of origin, religion or cultural background, can feel at home and reach whatever they want.
As a result of this new collaboration we will not only be hosting the 2018 ECHO awards at our Amsterdam office this coming September, we will also present the first Loyens & Loeff Law & Tax Award for multicultural talent.
Loyens & Loeff is delighted to have teamed up with Stichting (Foundation) Forward. Stichting Forward’s mission is to encourage the acceptance, validation and visibility of lesbians, homosexuals, bisexuals and transgender ("LGBTs") within the Dutch legal profession. With this, FORWARD aims to create a platform for the exchange of experiences and best practices in order to promote an inclusive environment for all legal professionals, regardless of sexual orientation or identity. For more information, please visit http://www.stichtingforward.nl/index-nl.aspx.
ECHO (Expertise Centre on Diversity Policy) collaborates with partners in (higher) education, the public sector and the corporate sector to strengthen diversity and inclusion within their constituent organisations. ECHO uses its experience, expertise and network to help organisations develop and implement effective and sustainable policies in these areas. It has launched a number of initiatives, such as the annual ECHO Award, the ECHO Mentoring Programme and the UCLA Study Trip. For more information, please visit http://echo-net.nl/.