Our carers' network provides support to those who have caring responsibilities for partners, friends or family members who have additional needs.
We recognise that these responsibilities will influence carers in the workplace and want to ensure that we provide a supportive environment which understands the challenges that may be faced by colleagues in these positions.
Our multicultural network celebrates inclusion and diversity in our firm, and works with others in the industry and wider community to better understand and address issues around inclusion & diversity. Some of the initiatives our multicultural network has delivered include the firm's participation in Race Equality Week 2021, the #mynameis campaign, which encouraged colleagues to use phonetic spelling in their email signatures raising awareness of the importance of correct pronunciation and the respect shown in doing so; and creating a guide to supporting our Muslim colleagues during Ramadan.
I joined the Multicultural Network to listen and learn from my colleagues. The Network has provided a safe space for colleagues to discuss topics like race and religion, and I believe the more we hear from those with a different story than our own, the more positive steps we take towards being an inclusive and diverse workplace.
Our parents' network was established to share experiences and ideas, create a supportive community, raise awareness of relevant issues, and inform firm policy. Some of the initiatives our parents' network has worked on include a webinar on How to Speak to Children About Cyber Security, and worked collaboratively with our people engagement colleagues to contribute to the breastfeeding at work and baby loss policies.
Through regular meetings, the PNG provides a supportive network for parents and parents-to-be in the firm. We also host informative firm-wide webinars on relevant topics such as cyber security, children's mental health and how to deal with parental guilt and anxiety.
Our pride network is a safe space for LGBTQ+ colleagues and allies to come together to share their experiences and to learn from each other in a private, supportive and inclusive environment. The network raises awareness of issues that matter to the LGBTQ+ community and has influenced change through a number of initiatives including the use of pronouns in email signatures, marking International Transgender Day of Visibility with a webinar from LGBT Youth Scotland, and celebrating Pride month.
I was really happy to see that Brodies had introduced the Pride network and therefore was very keen to show my support by joining. So far I think we've made a strong start to creating a more inclusive and welcoming work environment for members of the LGBT+ community, like myself. One thing we've implemented is to add pronouns to email signatures which might seem like quite a small thing but it's the sort of thing that could make a real difference.
Our women's network provides support and advice to colleagues who need it, creates a safe space for colleagues to share experiences and discuss gender specific issues, and provide access to role models across the firm. Members of our women's network participated in the Edinburgh University Women in Law society mentor scheme. They also collaborated with people engagement colleagues on the firm's Gender Pay Gap Report, and helped shape the firm's menopause policy.
The Women's network is a safe space where we can learn from others and share experiences, we all share a passion for equality and encourage everyone to be proactive about addressing issues women face in the workplace. Our members joined to be part of a bold and brave initiative and to empower other women.
Find out about why we rebranded the Women's network by watching our video and find out more about how we are empowering our colleagues by watching Elizabeth's video below.