Diversity and Inclusion

Our purpose is to stand besides our clients, the world over – this is what defines De Brauw. We know that a diverse and inclusive workforce is sharper, and more insightful. This allows us to see our clients’ challenges and opportunities through different lenses, and adds value and builds trust for and with clients.

We recruit our people from a diverse range of experience, interests, and nationalities, and collaborate across all disciplines and geographical borders with our own and other legal experts, industry specialists and in-house counsel.


Trained leadership, D&I experts, and diversity committees all help to shape our business priorities, inform decision-making and continually develop best practices. We partner with our clients and other organisations to identify potential and provide equal opportunity for all.


We are committed to pursuing and realising our aspirations for diversity and inclusion, for the benefit of our employees, and for our clients.


Pink Elephant is De Brauw’s network for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender colleagues and allies. The group aims to foster an open-minded, integrated culture within our firm by engaging LGBT+ colleagues and allies through positive initiatives to promote an inclusive working environment. Pink Elephant does this through formulating policies, engaging in pro bono work and community projects, and organising events for colleagues and clients.


Pink Elephant collaborates with De Brauw’s Best Friends on a semi-annual basis to exchange experiences, challenges, ideas, lessons learned and best practices regarding LGBT+ acceptance, inclusion and opportunities in the professional environment of a law firm.


De Brauw co-founded the Dutch legal LGBT+ network Stichting FORWARD, together with other leading firms. Stichting FORWARD organises networking events for LGBT+ individuals and allies working in a legal environment and creates a platform for the exchange of experience and best practice.

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