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Kim Nuzum, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Chair


Equity, Diversity & Inclusion - We are on a Journey! Join Us!

ACC Europe's mission is to promote the interests of in-house counsel in Europe. This means all in-house counsel.  We are inclusive as an organisation.  We believe in creating inclusive environments at work.  We celebrate diverse perspectives and backgrounds.  We are committed to informing our members about inequities in our profession and the value of inclusive workplaces.  We will act to grow our network, resources and tools to help in-house counsel thrive in their careers and to ensure our profession is welcoming and accessible to all.

The Working Group on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion was formed in 2021.  Chaired by Board member, Kimberly Nuzum, Deputy General Counsel, Publicis Groupe, and includes 8 members all of whom share a genuine passion, interest and desire to advance ED&I within the in-house legal profession and wider community.  A full list of members can be found here

The group has agreed its activities as:

  • Education regarding the need for ED&I in Europe;
  • Perception of the value of ED&I to businesses in Europe;
  • Behaviours and steps in-house lawyers can take to further ED&I in their workplaces.

The Group is pleased to share resources and best practices and would encourage you to keep checking back as new resources are added.

A Way to Get Involved - Resources for developing EDI in business:

Webinar recordings and presentations:

All webinar recordings may be accessed by ACC Members: Programme Materials | Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) You must be logged in to view the recordings. 

14 December presentation 

Resources:

European data resource: Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Monitoring, A multi-country guide

For best practices for productive conversations: Developing Quality Conversations About Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

For a case study on introducing inclusive practices: Challenging Assumptions About Flexible Work

For considerations related to intersectionality and multiple social identities: Legal Approaches to Difference within Difference

For discussion of challenges in Europe: Recognising and Confronting Racism in Europe 

For enduring legacy of colonialism: How Disempowerment Drives Demand for Risky Skin-Lightening Products

For more information about systemic racism: Unearthing the Roots of Systemic Racism

For more information about individual (in)ability to recognize racism: Understanding the Origins of White Denial

Books: 

African Europeans An Untold Story by Olivette Otele

Videos:

For leading EDI initiatives: Developing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, as organizational 
leaders and as individuals

For pressures on underrepresented individuals in business: The Courage to Uncover Your 
Differences

For techniques for reflecting on individual social advantage: Teaching Compassion to The Over-Privileged

ACC Europe is happy to celebrate International Women's Day. Take a moment to hear from some of our leaders. Happy International Women's Day

For further resources go to:

ACC Foundation I.D.E.A.L 

Other opportunities for action: 

The General Counsel Oath 

Step Up - Inclusive Internship Program for Law Students

Felcia Henderson Advising

 

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