Prager Dreifuss Diversity and Inclusion Statement

As an international law firm, Prager Dreifuss views diversity and inclusion as a key factor to providing the best possible quality of service with innovative solutions for our clients. Our team of diverse lawyers and staff is our firm's most valuable asset and we have been committed to fostering an inclusive environment since our inception.

 

To us, diversity means appreciating and valuing individual differences and bringing together employees with individual life- and workstyles, experiences and perspectives, knowledge, capabilities and talent – this includes all ranges of nationality, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, age and many more.

Our D&I Commitments

Prager Dreifuss is committed to ensuring:

  • diversity at every level of our firm;
  • respectful treatment among all partners and employees;
  • a commitment to understanding and catering to employee's varying needs and requirements.

Hiring Process

We strive to continuously expand our hiring pool when recruiting staff and lawyers. We actively recruit legal staff from all over Switzerland through numerous channels, including on-campus initiatives, job fairs and from university competitions such as the Willems C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot.

Prager Dreifuss places a focus on hiring employees with experience of living, working and studying abroad. To date, our employees speak ten languages and are qualified to practice law in many jurisdictions.

It is our commitment to continue to hire, retain and promote talented lawyers and staff with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Workplace

Our employees are the foundation of our firm and we seek to provide a work culture that is open and accessible to employees with varying needs. We value and respect the ideas, contributions and creative solution approaches from all individuals with whom we work.

Prager Dreifuss provides individual offices for all our legal staff, all of which are accessible to persons with disabilities.

Once a year, we hold 2-day summer off-site event at which all our employees can attend to get to know each other on a personal level and work on team building exercises. All employees, including lawyers at all levels and all staff, are further invited to partake in a workplace survey once a year in which they can voice requests for change or suggestions on our firm structures. We allow each voice to be given weight and to be considered of value.

Workforce and Engagement

We empower employees to have a say in how, when and where they chose to work and promote agile and flexible working. Our firm thereby supports our employees in pursuing academic qualifications and coordinating their family lives with their careers. Further, Prager Dreifuss assists employees before, during and after parental leave by managing a successful handover, arranging for keep in touch meetings during parental leave and facilitating a return to the work place. We are committed to an inclusive work approach and supporting all ranges of work, family and life models.

Our near-future D&I Goals

Our vision is to create an environment in which everyone thrives and to make a meaningful impact on our firm and our society. We aim to establish ourselves as market leaders in diversity and inclusion. Our near-future D&I goals include:

  • Running regular audits to examine the effect of our salary equality policy with the Swiss Federal Office for Gender Equality as of 2022.
  • Joining "Advance", an association who promotes gender equality in business.