LEGAL ADJACENCY’S COMMITMENT TO EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Our Approach to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Legal Adjacency is a values-driven company that believes in equity, diversity and inclusion for our people, clients, partners, vendors and suppliers, and, perhaps most of all, our community.
To Legal Adjacency, equity, diversity and inclusion is not a business strategy. Embracing, respecting, accepting, and valuing differences across race, gender, age, religion, identity, ability, and experience is, quite simply, the right thing to do.
For us, the concept of diversity and inclusion is about capturing the uniqueness of the individual; creating an environment that values and respects individuals for their talents, skills, and abilities to the benefit of the collective*. Equity is about ensuring that people of all identities are treated fairly and that each person’s individual rights, responsibilities or opportunities are not dependent upon identity.
The purpose of this statement is to show how we are putting actions behind our words. We publish our commitments, so that you – and anyone else – can hold us accountable.
A commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion is important, but “doing the work” is vital. At Legal Adjacency, we recognize that we have a lot of work to do and here is how we are approaching that work.
As an organization, Legal Adjacency is committed to:
- investing at least 25% of its annual corporate donations and sponsorships to initiatives that promote investment and create economic opportunities in underrepresented or marginalized communities;
- investing at least 25% of its annual corporate donations and sponsorships to mental health support initiatives;
- actively utilizing businesses that are owned by underrepresented groups as our service providers and vendors;
- supporting service providers and vendors whose ownership or employee base reflects a commitment to diversity and inclusion; and
- ensuring that all Legal Adjacency employees are members of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion.
Each Legal Adjacency employee is committed to:
- taking at least 10 hours of annual training in topics related to equity, diversity and inclusion, including training that recognizes and acknowledges privilege and identifies ways those in a position of privilege can be allies, advocates, and supporters of those from diverse backgrounds;
- reading at least 10 books or articles annually related to diversity or specific demographic groups in the workplace or the legal profession; and
- taking it upon themselves to learn about and appreciate the history and perspectives of those who are of different races, genders, religions, abilities, identities or experiences than their own.
Legal Adjacency and its employees will:
- not tolerate racism, xenophobia, sexism, homophobia or other forms of discrimination, harassment or intolerance;
- listen with patience and empathy and work to create an environment conducive to dialogue;
- actively intervene when witnessing any inappropriate comments or behaviour;
- identify and interrupt bias and stereotyping, whether conscious or unconscious, subtle or overt;
- actively and immediately intervene when witnessing inappropriate comments or behaviour;
- say something when they think someone might not be getting an opportunity due to unconscious bias;
- strive to notice who isn’t at the table and do what they can to include them at meetings, calls, events, etc.
- celebrate diverse cultures through events and recognition, as well as other observations throughout the year that highlight multiculturalism and diversity and inclusion;
- advocate, open doors, make connections, and find opportunities for underrepresented members of the legal profession or law students;
- act as mentors to junior lawyers or law students who are from different backgrounds than our own;
- encourage others in the legal profession to join them in attending equity, diversity and inclusion programs or events; and
- use the Legal Adjacency website as a platform to support and celebrate diversity and inclusion.
This is the work that we at Legal Adjacency are committed to doing. We know that we have more work to do. And so, we are committed to periodically asking ourselves, “what else could we be doing in regards to equity, diversity and inclusion?”
* See the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion’s webpage “Diversity Defined”, https://ccdi.ca/our-story/diversity-defined