DiversityThe mark of our success
Our firm’s success is built on more than just passion, legal excellence, and client focus – it is also the result of a work environment in which everyone is able to contribute to their full potential. We believe that this is best achieved by an organisational culture that values acceptance and mutual trust, where open-mindedness, diversity, and inclusivity are part of everyday life. It is this level of respectful cooperation that defines our corporate culture. But diversity is an ongoing process that demands sustained commitment and persistence – and that’s why we want to become even more diverse and inclusive. We believe that the diversity and different perspectives of our employees – regardless of their nationality, origin, age, gender, or sexual orientation and identity – have a profound and positive impact on Gleiss Lutz and will make a decisive contribution to our future success.
That’s why we have not only adopted a binding Diversity and Anti-Discrimination Policy for all Gleiss Lutz employees, but also work to promote diversity and inclusion both in and outside our firm – for example, through our involvement with Charta der Vielfalt, Germany’s largest corporate diversity network.
We have a comprehensive strategy for the advancement of women in business. Gleiss Lutz has long recognised that a person’s career should not have to suffer from their desire to have children. In 2001, we were the first major German law firm to introduce part-time partnerships. Several years ago, we also launched Women in Business, a three-pronged initiative directed at female law students, female lawyers already at Gleiss Lutz, and female clients. This initiative includes unique offers such as roundtables with female partners, ladies’ lunches, and targeted training activities. Our Women in Business initiative received the Euromoney Legal Media Group’s European Women in Business Law Award in the “Country Winner Germany” category in 2014, and four times in a row from 2017 to 2020.
To strengthen the LGBT+ community at Gleiss Lutz, we established Gleiss Lutz UNIQUE.
The initiative is open to all interested employees and is designed to facilitate mutual dialogue. Gleiss Lutz UNIQUE also offers special internal events for employees and recruiting events for interested law students.
We as a firm have a responsibility not just to our employees and our clients, but also to society at large. We take this obligation seriously, and actively work to give something back – after all, the success of our social coexistence is fundamental to the success of our firm.
We believe it is important to contribute to the local community in each of the locations in which we operate, and support a variety of initiatives in several cities around Germany. The projects we support include:
Singa Business Lab
The Singa Business Lab in Berlin and Stuttgart helps refugees start their own businesses – an endeavour in which legal issues inevitably arise. We assist Singa Business Labs with regular law workshops that cover the issues that are fundamental to founders.
Laptop Donations to Stuttgarter Jugendhaus
Our IT department has donated more than 50 laptops to Stuttgarter Jugendhaus, a local children’s and youth organisation. The initiative involves supplying fully operational laptops to schoolchildren and people starting their careers to ensure that disadvantaged young people have access to online education – especially during the coronavirus crisis.
Helping Kids with Cancer
In Frankfurt, we support Hilfe für krebskranke Kinder, an association that supports children with cancer and their families. The association helps the impacted families in their everyday lives, works with the paediatric oncology ward at Frankfurt University Hospital to provide medical care, and financially supports medical research.
„Orange the World 2020“
Our Stuttgart and Frankfurt offices took a very visible, bright orange stand against violence against women on 25 November 2020. They did so as part of Orange the World, an initiative organised by UN Women – the United Nations organisation dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women – to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The initiative aims to educate about and raise awareness of an often invisible issue.
We also support numerous charitable initiatives – for example Kinder in Not, an organisation that works on location in Brazil, the Philippines, and India, helping communities help themselves, with a focus on education and health. Other areas in which we contribute to society include voluntary employee registration drives for stem cell registry DKMS, and our support of the Karl Josef hospice in Freiburg.
One of the most important aspects of our social commitment is the regular advice we have provided in pro bono cases – advice that we have steadily expanded in recent years.
SustainabilityPreserving the Planet for future Generations
We take our obligation to the environment and to future generations seriously, and are committed to the sustainability and environmental friendliness of our work throughout the firm.
In everything we do, we want to make sure that we use the planet’s resources responsibly – and we work continuously to do so, evaluating our processes, our offices, our travel, and our IT infrastructure and optimising them to make them as sustainable as they can be.
By striving to promote the sustainability of our firm, we hope to even further reduce its environmental impact – and that’s why we have adopted a variety of green policies.
Green (Workplace) Infrastructure
Green infrastructure means energy efficiency. We use electricity from renewable energy sources and have optimised the energy footprint of our IT – through energy-efficient server management, sustainable procurement processes, our emphasis on eco-labelled hardware, and saving energy by powering down electronic devices at the end of each day.
For our offices – particularly when choosing new office sites – we look to climate-neutral buildings and adopt company-wide energy savings and efficiency measures, such as low-carbon heating and air conditioning designs. Our Stuttgart office, for example, is situated in a building that is Platinum-certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification programme; our Düsseldorf site is LEED Gold certified. Our Frankfurt office has Gold certification from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB), and our new office premises at cube berlin, to which we moved in 2020, are also poised to receive this certification.