The one attribute our staff members share is that they are great at what they do. Other than that, Russell McVeagh staff members are all individuals with different interests and backgrounds. We actively encourage diversity – there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to our recruitment.
Russell McVeagh is committed to the success of our lawyers regardless of gender, and our promotion structure ensures that there are no hidden glass ceilings in the firm. We believe our firm reflects our commitment to gender diversity:
- Our firm’s partners are 30% women (as at May 2016).
- The firm’s non-legal managers are over 50% women.
- We have won gender diversity awards for both our Auckland and Wellington offices.
Since 2014 our firm has also been undertaking a study into diversity and inclusion to ensure that the support we offer our staff meets their needs.
We are also proud to have been awarded Rainbow Tick certification in June 2016 after a six month audit process. We are committed to continuing to work on making our environment a welcoming place for all of our employees to feel comfortable enough bringing their authentic selves to work. The Rainbow Tick programme is a continual quality improvement programme designed to help an organisation ensure it is a safe and welcoming workplace for employees of diverse gender identity and sexual orientation. Becoming certified involved an audit of relevant documents and the use of two focus groups which took place in the first part of 2016. The focus groups involved one with a self-selected group of Rainbow employees and the other with a group of staff from the general population and from a range of departments, with staff from both Auckland and Wellington offices taking part in this process. The audit findings were then assessed against current international best practice in this field.