At UnitedLex, we are committed to fostering a work environment and culture that embraces diversity and inclusion of thought, background, race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual preference, and ability.
It has been well-documented – and experienced by us – that a diverse workforce which operates inclusively performs at a significantly higher level than companies who do not.
We strive for:
Diversity among our global teams
Equity within our processes, procedures, and systems
A culture of inclusion that allows all team members to feel comfortable fully participating throughout the organization
Our goal is for everyone at UnitedLex to:
Be able to show up as their full self to work
Grow personally and professionally through equitable practices in hiring, training, promotion, and retention
Feel comfortable using their voice to provide feedback and effectuate action within UnitedLex and the communities we operate within
Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts are reflected and actioned in many ways across our organization including through our: and Anti-racist statement, Modern Slavery Statement, CSR Policy, and Upward! Foundation pages.
SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EQUALITY COUNCIL
Our Social Justice and Equality Council is central to our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts.
At UnitedLex, our diversity makes us stronger. Our workforce includes a myriad backgrounds and skill sets. Our culture embraces diversity and inclusion of thought, background, race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ability.
We recognize we must take action to realize these statements.
We have engaged and activated a diverse cross-section of employees from across our organization. Our global Social Justice and Equality Council is comprised of over 180 members—spanning more than 15 regions—with representation from virtually all levels of the organization.
Our Social Justice and Equality Council is empowered to identify and execute actions, initiatives, policies, communications, and events that will foster greater equality, diversity, inclusion, and social justice both inside the virtual walls of UnitedLex and in the communities in which we operate. The Council is comprised of individuals with a passion and desire to contribute, along with an ability to effect meaningful change.
We commit ourselves to actively listening, learning where we can improve, driving positive change, and leading by example.
The four guiding principles of the Council are designed to encourage open dialogue and utilize what we learn from each other to lead effective change:
Listening – Establish and encourage an inclusive, receptive, and welcoming environment while also providing resources for employees to share their voices and experiences without fear or judgement.
Learning – Demonstrate the importance of increasing cultural competence through an intentional focus on awareness, acceptance, and understanding.
Looking – Drive a proactive approach to serve the broad, diverse, UnitedLex global community as progressive cultural champions. Identify where obstacles affecting inclusion can be dismantled to enable clear opportunities for a stronger sense of inclusion and retention.
Leading – Execute Social Justice and Equality project plans to transform ideas into impactful initiatives with clear objectives, accountability, and measurable outcomes.
Letter from our Council Co-Chairs Amy and R.T.
In the wake of the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests, many companies have been challenged to rethink the overall approach and effectiveness of their Diversity and Inclusion programs, while weighing the actual impact such programs have on the organization.
After careful consideration and research on the topic of Diversity and Inclusion we decided to start from perhaps the single most important angle: we listened to our employees.
By focusing on the greater opportunities afforded to us through strengthening our global Diversity and Inclusion, we have the opportunity to develop UnitedLex's Social Justice and Equality Council with greater awareness from the experiences of others, while implementing our own unique approach. It is not just a question of representation by the diversity of our people (through a ONE-council focus) but responsibility by the design of our purpose (through project-based teams).
Throughout the evolution of the Council, our goal was, and continues to be, to move past affinity groups and give everyone an opportunity to learn from and support each other regardless of which group(s) each member personally identifies with.
We focus on advocacy for our team members and standing by each employee—no one has to walk alone. Through feedback and focused action, we are committed to making a difference in the lives of UnitedLex employees, our partners, and the communities in which we operate.
Director, Business Insights
Co-chair, Social Justice and Equality Council
Amy Ambroson Reid
Director, Culture and Engagement
Co-chair, Social Justice and Equality Council
Council Project Teams and Initiatives
The Council operates as ONE-team with focused, project-based initiatives. We break projects into component pieces with the goal of finishing a project or project stage within 90 days. Examples of projects include but are not limited to:
Bridging Talent to Opportunities: Provide opportunities for African American employees to identify career goals and interests within UnitedLex and provide pathway for advancement to leadership/executive positions
Cultural Humility Training on Gender Identity: Create and/or conduct a comprehensive training on gender identities to better support gender-variant people in our company including a user guide resource for how to be inclusive of different gender identities in the workplace
Bipartisan Voter Registration and Participation Project: Provide nonpartisan information for U.S. Employees on voting policies, volunteer opportunities, and election resources. Create and implement a new UnitedLex Voting Leave policy with paid time off to vote and no meetings/flexible schedules on Election Day
Artist Showcase: Inspire discussion of social issues through artistic expression by promoting creative channels for mental health and wellness