Diversity and inclusion Annual Report 2017

At Reed Smith, we are passionate about diversity and inclusion. Our core values are at the heart of everything we do; they represent who we are and who we want to be. “The events in Charlottesville in 2017, as well as those in Barcelona, gave our global firm a chance to consider our core values and recommit to them – values that include respect and inclusion. Of course, we are a commercial enterprise, but we are also a partnership and a team of 3,000 individuals of all backgrounds, creeds, and colors. What makes us strong is the diversity within our ranks. In my view, the appropriate response to the horrible events in Charlottesville and Barcelona, is to condemn – forthrightly and without qualification – those who would divide us based on hatred. Those who sow discord in our communities are simply wrong and it is antithetical to the way we want to live our professional lives at Reed Smith, working together and supporting each other. And in response we can work every day to make Reed Smith a model of our core values, a firm built on and strengthened by our differences. We know that when we come to work every day, striving to be our best selves, hatred and division have no place.” Alexander “Sandy” Thomas , global managing partner Our Core Values Integrity - Quality - Teamwork Respect - Performance Innovation - Improvement “Meet your clients on the field of shared values. We have a conviction at Reed Smith right in our core, that the more diverse our talent base is, the more inclusive our culture is, the better we are able to serve our clients.” Sandy Thomas , global managing partner “I believe in the power of change. We are here to transform our culture into a culture of inclusion where we value, reward and respect everyone’s diversity. The most dynamic and innovative law firm should also be the most diverse and inclusive.” John Iino , chief diversity officer “The power of women in leadership is proven in their ability to drive innovation, performance and profitability. Reed Smith is leading the way in gender balance and equality.” Sara Begley , global chair, WINRS

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