At Cooper Grace Ward we understand that to provide the very best thinking and solutions to our clients, we need a diverse team that can provide a range of perspectives to meet our clients’ needs.
That’s why integrating equity and diversity into our people and business strategies is crucial to the success of our firm. We pride ourselves on our strong team culture, which is underpinned by a variety of flexible and progressive policies and initiatives that encourage and support diversity in its many forms.
We treat all team members with respect and dignity and pride ourselves on providing equal opportunity to team members and prospective team members irrespective of their:
- gender or gender identity
- relationship status
- parental status
- religious belief or religious activity
- political belief or activity
- trade union activity
- lawful sexual activity
- family responsibilities.
We work hard to ensure that our people policies provide our team with a supportive work environment, and have developed a number of policies that support our team, such as:
- flexible paid parental leave program and support for team members with carer responsibilities
- assistance and support for team members transitioning to retirement
- flexible work arrangements
- support for those with disabilities.
Cooper Grace Ward is a signatory to the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation’s Best Practice Guidelines for Psychological Wellbeing. We believe that supporting and promoting mental health is essential, as it has been acknowledged that legal professionals are at high risk of suffering from psychological distress and illness. The Guidelines are designed to assist organisations to create workplaces that promote workplace psychological health and safety.
We are proud that our achievements to date have been recognised externally – we have been awarded Queensland Law Society’s 2013 Equity and Diversity Award, achieved accreditation as an Aon Hewitt Best Employer in 2013, and listed as a top performing firm in the Australasian Lawyer Employer of Choice 2015 awards in the areas of work-life balance and access to technology. Our achievements in terms of gender diversity have earned us Employer of Choice for Women citations by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency each year between 2009 and 2013.