Foley Hoag's Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)
Foley Hoag's Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I)
At Foley Hoag, we believe our people are our greatest asset. Our diversity of experiences, backgrounds, and locations differentiates us as an employer and helps us foster a welcoming and inclusive 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, This attitude 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.
Building on the principles of our founders, at Foley Hoag we welcome, develop, and celebrate talented individuals of diverse backgrounds in an innovative, mutually respectful, and intellectually rigorous community. We leverage these unique perspectives to develop collaborative teams that deliver exceptional advice and craft bespoke legal solutions for our clients and our world.
At Foley Hoag, we are passionate about investing in our people. We offer a vast array of innovative learning and development opportunities, educational events, programs, and resources that aim to engage, support, empower, and celebrate attorneys and business services professionals of historically underrepresented backgrounds.
We aim to continue building upon previous achievements through sustained organizational commitments and to lead in new areas. 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 their talents, expertise, experience, and perspective.
Our goal is to reflect the diverse communities and clients we serve and create an inclusive work environment for all our people. We accomplish this by embracing the individual skills, perspectives, and experiences our people bring to the firm and harnessing them for high performance and improved legal solutions.
We want our people to feel included, valued, and respected, supporting full participation at work. We aim to support our people to maintain a long and productive working career at the firm. To this end, we invite you to learn more and join our efforts.
The Mansfield Rule
A key component of our firm's vision is to build diverse client service and leadership teams by focusing on recruiting, retaining, and promoting women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ lawyers and business professionals. To that end, the firm has signed on to Mansfield Rule 4.0, a national initiative designed to help close the gap of underrepresented communities in the legal profession.
The Mansfield Rule Certification requires that at least 30 percent of candidates considered for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, formal client pitch opportunities, and senior lateral positions consist of women, attorneys of color, LGBTQ+, and lawyers with disabilities. The Mansfield Rule 4.0 certification process ends in July 2021.
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.
The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Department at Foley Hoag
Led by the firm’s Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, our team of DE&I professionals share a steadfast commitment to equity and justice in the workplace and beyond. Together, they bring a breadth of experiences and skillsets to Foley Hoag. Collectively, their work has extended from the corporate to the non-profit sectors. They are inspired by the incredible legacy of social justice that this firm carries and are committed to further reflecting this legacy in the policies, practices, and culture of Foley Hoag.