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International law firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has signed up to the United Nations’ Global LGBTQ* Standards of Conduct for Business, reaffirming its commitment to having a workplace where everyone is valued, motivated and able to be themselves.

The UN launched the global standards in September 2017 to support the business community in tackling discrimination against LGBTQ* people. The standards are grounded in existing international human rights law and are in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

BCLP Co-Chair Lisa Mayhew said: “BCLP is committed and proud to support the UN Global LGBTQ* Standards of Conduct. As the first global law firm with two female co-chairs, we are deeply committed to taking a strong, visible and authentic stance on equality and inclusion.”

BCLP Co-Chair Therese Pritchard said: “As a truly international employer, we recognize that supporting and promoting LGBTQ* inclusivity has a positive impact on our workforce, clients and our wider communities. Action needs to be taken by large firms and corporates to stand up and show that any form of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity is unacceptable.”

The five standards are as follows:

  1. Respect Human Rights – including the rights of LGBTQ* people in our operations and business relationships
  2. Eliminate discrimination – in our recruitment, employment, working conditions, benefits, respect of privacy or treatment of harassment
  3. Provide support – provide a positive, affirmative environment so that LGBTQ* people can work with dignity and without stigma
  4. Prevent other human rights violations – ensure we do not discriminate against LGBTQ* suppliers or distributors or against LGBTQ* clients in accessing our services
  5. Act in the public sphere – using our leverage to champion human rights where there are opportunities to do so’