Firm supports UN Standards of Conduct for Business on tackling discrimination against LGBTI people

31 Oct 2017

As part of its ongoing commitment to LGBT inclusion, international law firm Simmons & Simmons has today announced the support of the UN Standards of Conduct for Business on tackling discrimination against LGBTI people

The United Nations has launched a set of global standards to support the business community in tackling discrimination against lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex people (LGBTI). The new set of standards cites good practice examples from around the world to support companies to develop actions to protect the rights of LGBTI people.

Simmons & Simmons has been recognised in the UN set of standards for its work on embedding LGBT equality into its procurement practices and supply chain. The firm requires potential suppliers to answer a set of questions about corporate responsibility, including diversity and inclusion, during the tender process. It also proactively monitors the diversity and sustainability of its supply chain annually.

Colin Passmore, Senior Partner, commented, "As a firm we are pleased to express our support for this important work of the UN. Although LGBT rights are not recognised or protected in many of the jurisdictions in which we operate, we continue to seek ways to innovate our internal policies and processes to ensure that all of our LGBT colleagues have access to equal opportunity regardless of location. The UN standards will assist to guide us in the way that we conduct our business across the different communities in which we operate”

Zeid Ra’ad, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said, “Social change requires the active involvement of all parts of society – including, critically, the business community. The decisions that companies take – whether in respect of human resources, investment, supply chains, even marketing – can have a real and, in some cases, profound impact on human rights.”

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