Foley Hoag's Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)
At Foley Hoag, we believe our people are our greatest asset. We are committed to fostering an inclusive environment that attracts, engages, and retains the best possible talent. Our diversity of experiences, backgrounds, locations, viewpoints, and ideas differentiates us as an employer and helps us foster a welcoming and safe environment for all.
Foley Hoag's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion traces its roots to the founding of the firm in 1943. Henry Foley and Garrett Hoag were determined to hire the very best lawyers, based entirely on individual merit and without exclusion – an attitude that set them very much apart from others in the Boston legal community of that era. Those twin traditions of excellence and inclusiveness have remained guiding forces in the firm's culture. We have brought together at the firm lawyers of different backgrounds, skills, and experiences because we recognize that those individuals bring with them a diversity of thought and perspective that enriches the firm's culture and enhances the quality of our work.
Through SUSTAINED ORGANIZATIONAL COMMITMENTS, we aim to continue building upon previous achievements and to LEAD IN NEW AREAS.
Our goal is to reflect the diverse communities and clients that we serve and create a GREAT PLACE TO WORK for everyone by embracing the individual skills, perspectives and experiences our people bring to the firm and harnessing these for high performance and improved legal solutions.
We want our people to feel INCLUDED, VALUED and RESPECTED and have access to EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, which supports full participation at work. We want to retain the diverse talent in our firm and support our people to maintain a long and productive working career.
Our commitments will be reviewed annually to ensure relevancy and are over and above living our values in our day-to-day activities.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are our History, and our Future
Building on the principles of our founders of excellence, inclusion and service, at Foley Hoag, we welcome, develop, and celebrate talented and diverse individuals in an innovative, mutually respectful, and intellectually rigorous community, and bring unique perspectives to collaborative teams that deliver exceptional advice and craft bespoke legal solutions for our clients and our world.
At Foley Hoag, we are committed to expanding opportunities for all employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or any other characteristic. Each person is valued for his or her talents, expertise, experience and perspective.
At Foley Hoag, we are committed to workplace inclusion and seek to recognize and celebrate the rich diversity represented in our workforce. As part of our ongoing LGBTQ-inclusion efforts, we recognize the importance of creating affirming practices around gender identity and expression. We are pleased to share that we have implemented procedures for our people to voluntarily disclose pronouns during onboarding and their tenure at the firm. If they so wish, they may also publicly display pronouns in their employee profile, accessible via our firm’s intranet. Additionally, we have partnered with a third-party vendor to update business card templates to include the use of pronouns. While doing so is voluntary, we encourage all of our people to participate as we work together to affirm differences, celebrate diversity, and cultivate inclusivity.
Dedicating Our Resources
We take great pride in the fact that we have been able to employ our own resources and legal talent to promote the goals of diversity, equity and inclusion. Click here to read about some of this important work.