Gowling WLG LLP has become a signatory of Natural Resources Canada's Equal by 30 campaign, a public commitment to work toward equal pay, equal leadership and equal opportunities for women in the clean energy sector by 2030.
As a signatory to the campaign, Gowling pledged to support the increased participation of women in the clean energy sector through the following actions:
- Integrating gender diversity and equality principles into the organization and its policies
- Highlighting and supporting women by promoting actions that promote gender diversity in the business
- Sharing experiences and lessons learned on gender diversity programming and initiatives
- Reporting on progress and supporting efforts to improve the collection of gender disaggregated data
“Law firms have an essential role to play in advancing gender equality and diversity,” Thomas Timmins, Gowling WLG partner and leader of the firm's Renewable Energy Group, said in a statement. “Our participation in the Equal by 30 campaign demonstrates our strong commitment to improving opportunities for women — not only in the energy sector but across every sector that impacts our clients and our business.”
The Equal by 30 campaign was launched on May 24 at the Clean Energy Ministerial in Copenhagen, Denmark. It operates under the banner of the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative, which seeks to enable greater gender diversity in clean energy professions.
In April, Gowling also signed the Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity developed by Electricity Human Resources Canada, being the first law firm to do so.
According to Gowling, these moves are part of its ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, which it continues to embed into its organizational DNA.