Belgian legal community pledges diversity & inclusion commitment through a unique new alliance
On 31 January 2019, an event took place to launch the Legal Diversity & Inclusion Alliance (LDIA) at the Hotel Le Châtelain in Brussels. A joint initiative of law firms Steptoe and Van Bael & Bellis, the LDIA has 36 founding members: law firms with offices in Belgium that are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace in which everyone benefits from equal treatment and opportunities, irrespective of race, ethnic or social origin, gender or sexual orientation, age, disability, language, religion, political preference or any other grounds of personal discrimination.
Member firms plan to work towards a diverse and inclusive workplace through exchanging good practices on diversity and inclusion, and to raise awareness of non-discrimination and diversity issues through jointly-organized events, workshops and training.
LDIA Chair Kathleen Van Nuffel spearheaded the effort from Steptoe, a Washington, DC-based law firm, whilst LDIA Co-Chair Els Lagasse spearheaded the effort from Van Bael & Bellis.
More information on the LDIA can be accessed here.