Ogier Leman becomes Certified Proud, as the company aims to change the consumer experience for both LGBTQ+ customers and staff

In 2019, 38% of Irish LGBTQ+ people felt discriminated against in at least one area of life including workplaces, social outlets and sports clubs- European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (2019: 12).

Certified Proud is an accreditation membership body that strives towards LGBTQ+ equality throughout businesses in Ireland, ensuring the safety of staff and comfort of customers, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. We are delighted to welcome Ogier Leman to the Certified Proud network.

Founded in 2007, Ogier Leman are Ireland’s most innovative law firm. We specialise in Technology, Real Estate, Life Sciences, International and Financial Services. The way in which Leman delivers services for our employees and clients is influenced by our three core values: bravery, humanity and excellence. We have a dedicated and talented team that share these values and apply them to everything that Leman does.

We prioritise making Leman a safe and inclusive environment for our people. We take pride in their work-life balance; flourishing personal improvement culture; and healthy work environment. Leman also strongly believes in supporting employees and clients in all aspects of work and life.

Member organisations pay a joining fee and sign an agreement to incorporate the ‘Certified Proud Principles’ into their company culture, promising a safe, equal, respectful and visibly inclusive environment all year – not just for the month of Pride. Each member will be provided with guidelines on how to make their business more inclusive for customers and employees of the LGBTQ+ community. They will also receive training and networking opportunities throughout the year. Members can also apply to The Bród Awards – an annual celebration of the companies in Ireland who are doing their best to support the LGBTQ+ community.

Once per year, Certified Proud will conduct an audit of each member organisation by way of online survey, for both staff and customers. Each business will need to reach a satisfaction rate to remain Certified Proud under the current contract. If this is not met, a review will take place with next steps to be actioned for improvement. Member organisations of Certified Proud give back to the LGBTQ+ community by way of membership fee, 40% of which will be donated to charities and projects dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals in Ireland.

Ogier Leman are committed to making our workplace more inclusive for our employees and clients of the LGBTQ+ community. We understand how important a culture of empathy and inclusivity is for the wellbeing of its people. By joining Certified Proud, Leman can ensure this is done in a safe, equal, and respectful manner.

Liam Redmond, Co-founder of Certified Proud, said “We’re delighted to welcome Ogier Leman onboard as members of Certified Proud. The importance of law and policy change has been an integral part of Ireland’s equality story, from the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1993, to the same sex marriage referendum in 2015. Ogier Leman are diversity and inclusion champions in the legal space, as their commitment to equality surpasses Pride week, placing equality at the top of the agenda every week of the year. We look forward to partnering with Leman throughout 2021”.

For more information contact:

Aideen Kelly, Marketing Manager, Ogier Leman: +353 1 639 3000

Eve Kerton eve@certifiedproud.com 0858402080

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