Diversity Council Charter

Diversity Vision Statement

SGR provides a work environment where all people are valued for their perspectives, skills and talents, are treated respectfully, are able to communicate openly, and are encouraged to develop to their full potential as contributors to the success of the firm and the communities we serve.

Diversity Mission Statement

SGR is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to the hiring, retention and advancement of all lawyers and staff without regard to any protected characteristic such as race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability, or genetic information.

Council Purpose

SGR’s Diversity Council was established in March 2006 to formalize the Firm’s continued commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. The Council advises the Firm with respect to policies and practices on diversity; provides an open forum designed to foster candid dialogue and facilitate problem solving on issues pertaining to equity issues; and coordinates education, training, and events that promote inclusivity.

Guiding Principles

  • Diversity encompasses the unique characteristics, perspectives, skills and talents of everyone at SGR.
  • Effective diversity management:
    • Includes fostering an environment where all people are valued and allowed to contribute to their full potential.
    • Is required to enhance our workplace and, in so doing, achieve competitive advantage.
  • Everyone at SGR is held responsible for diversity management and recognizes its importance to the Firm.

Diversity Management

Diversity management is a strategic process consisting of four components:

  1. Managing representation at all levels
  2. Understanding differences — educating team members and valuing the contributions of their diverse characteristics, perspectives, skills and talents
  3. Creating and maintaining systems, policies, practices and behaviors that enable all team members to fulfill their ambitions and contribute to the firm’s success
  4. Sustaining strategic focus on the team members, clients, communities, vendors/suppliers, law students and other internal and external factors that impact our business.

Diversity Committee

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