Fostering a Culture of Diversity and Equality
A diverse environment is a rich environment, and an open, inclusive atmosphere benefits everyone who works within it. Fostering such an environment enables us to respond with a greater agility to the challenges faced by our clients in a diverse, multicultural world.
Our goal is to always exceed client expectations and be the most attractive place to work. We achieve this because we recruit, retain, reward and develop our people with regard to their abilities and contributions and without reference to their background, gender, age, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, political belief or disability.
Our mission is to attract, retain and promote individuals of exceptional ability and talent from as broad a range of backgrounds as possible.
Although management provides the leadership framework and associated policies, it is the responsibility of everyone at Cassels Brock to sustain a culture that supports principles of diversity and inclusivity.
“Diversity” means treating everyone fairly and consistently, regardless of background, gender, age, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, political belief or disability. The firm will do its best to tap into cultural differences to achieve organizational success and support staff satisfaction.
Our key goals
There is both a business and moral imperative in supporting diversity at Cassels Brock. To achieve both goals, we need to do the following:
Our Diversity Committee is charged with the responsibility of implementing this policy.
Cassels Brock's Diversity Committee is proud to have implemented a policy pursuant to which all firm members who share a common background or personal characteristic (and their allies or supporters) may form an affinity group to support, champion and mentor one another. The goal of affinity groups is to provide a supportive environment in the workplace that encourages mentorship and peer support, as well as networking, business development and professional development opportunities, as appropriate, among firm members who identify with a shared personal characteristic or background. Firm members who share a particular personal characteristic or background that has created historical disadvantages, as well as their allies, are encouraged to form and/or join an affinity group formed for that group. Two affinity groups are currently active at the firm, a Black Affinity Group and an LGBT Affinity Group.
Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network
Cassels Brock is a signatory to the Statement of Principles of the Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network (LFDIN). In signing this document we have agreed to work together to promote diversity and encourage a culture of inclusion not only inside these firms, but in the broader legal profession as well.
Diversity and inclusion are core values of LFDIN members. Each signatory believes that valuing and enhancing diversity and inclusion will assist in attracting and retaining the best talent to better serve clients and assist in expanding the constantly evolving global marketplace. LFDIN members undertake to practice and advance diversity and inclusion by:
Cassels Brock provides diversity training to all employees and lawyers of the firm on a regular basis. We worked with the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Equity Advisor to develop tailor-made training that would resonate with our firm and help our lawyers and staff recognize diversity issues and make respectful choices when dealing with each other, our clients and the public.
We also regularly work with a diversity specialist to deliver programs to our lawyers and students to raise awareness of diversity issues in a variety of forums, including hiring decisions. Diversity training is part of our summer law student training program.
Workplace Respect and Anti-Violence Policy
The objective of this policy is to ensure we provide a working environment free from harassment and violence and that is respectful of others.
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act - Customer Service Policy
Cassels Brock is committed to providing its goods and services in a way that respects the dignity and independence of persons with disabilities. The firm is also committed to ensuring persons with disabilities do not experience barriers in accessing our services.
The firm is committed to providing exceptional customer service to all of its clients, third parties and members of the public.
On June 29, 2016, Cassels Brock celebrated pride week in Toronto by inviting clients to spend an evening with Canadian Olympic gold medalist Mark Tewksbury, a true Canadian icon and author of “Inside Out: Straight Talk From a Gay Jock” in support of Special Olympics Canada. Mark’s remarkable post-Olympics life includes speaking around the world on LGBT issues in sports, sitting on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Canada and acting as National Ambassador for CANFAR’s Legacy Group. Cassels Brock is proud to support the LGBT community through a variety of initiatives driven by the Diversity Committee – recently recognized at the 2016 Lexpert Zenith Awards.