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Stinson Leonard Street Signs on to the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion Pledge

Press ReleaseFirm is one of the first in the U.S. to join world's largest companies in commitment to cultivate diversity and inclusion
10.03.2017

Stinson Leonard Street LLP is proud to announce that it has signed on to The CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge.

The CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. By signing on to this commitment, Stinson and CEOs from some of the world's leading companies are pledging to take action to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected, where employees feel encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion, and where best known—and unsuccessful—actions can be shared across organizations in an effort to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

The group is led by a steering committee of CEOs and leaders from Accenture, BCG, Deloitte US, The Executive Leadership Council, EY, General Atlantic, KPMG, New York Life, Procter & Gamble, and PwC. The coalition represents more than 50 industries, all 50 US states, and millions of employees globally.

All the signatories commit to implementing the pledge within their workplaces or, where companies have already implemented one or several of the commitments, will support other companies in doing the same. In addition, Stinson and the other signatories pledge to take the following steps to increase diversity and inclusion in their respective organizations and the larger business community:

  1. Continue to cultivate workplaces that support open dialogue on complex, and sometimes difficult, conversations about diversity and inclusion: Companies will create and maintain environments, platforms, and forums where their employees feel comfortable reaching out to their colleagues to gain greater awareness of each other’s experiences and perspectives. By encouraging an ongoing dialogue and not tolerating any incongruence with these values of openness, companies are building trust, encouraging compassion and open-mindedness, and reinforcing their commitment to a culture of inclusivity.
  2. Implement and expand unconscious bias education: Companies commit to rolling out and/or expanding unconscious bias education within their companies in the form that best fits their specific culture and business. By helping employees recognize and minimize any potential blind spots, companies can better facilitate more open and honest conversations. Additionally, the initiative will be making non-proprietary unconscious bias education modules available to other organizations free of charge. This training will live on the unified hub, CEOAction.com.
  3. Share best known—and unsuccessful—actions: Companies commit to working together to evolve existing diversity strategies by sharing successes and challenges with one another. This will include creating accountability systems within their companies to track their progress and share regular updates with each other in order to catalog effective programs and measurement practices.


"Our commitment to diversity and inclusion at Stinson Leonard Street is a fundamental part of our law firm. We firmly believe that diverse teams of attorneys and staff deliver better results to our clients," said Mark Hinderks, the firm's managing partner. "That is why we are so excited to collaborate with other leading businesses to develop new and innovative ways to create more welcoming workplaces and stronger communities."

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Amanda Bowling
Director of Marketing Communications
816.691.3478
amanda.bowling@stinson.com

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