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Deloitte Legal supporting transformative initiatives
Making a diverse and inclusive impact
- At Deloitte Legal, we firmly believe that we can make a difference thanks to the way we behave.
- To this end, we have invested in and continue to sponsor a number of projects and initiatives that centre around inclusion and helping others.
With the desire to change the world and contribute to the community through specific projects and valuable pro bono work, we enable others to develop their abilities and ensure they have a bright future, to fully be themselves, and to stay healthy. Here are some initiatives we're particularly proud of.
Supporting young migrants to study law
We wholeheartedly support diversity and inclusivity in the legal profession. With a whopping 62 percent of Brussels residents being of foreign origin (or having at least one parent who is), Brussels is the second most culturally diverse city after Dubai. And we strongly believe that this diversity should be reflected in the law.
That’s why we sponsor the DIApositief programme, which aims to help young ‘migrants’ (first and second generation) to study law and ultimately, aspire to a career in law. The focus of Project DIApositief is on the Nederlandse Bar Association in Brussels.
"With the ongoing global pandemic, Deloitte Legal has reinforced its contribution to the community. Through our sponsoring and valuable pro-bono work, we enable others to develop their abilities, thereby ensuring that they have a bright future, while making sure they stay healthy. I'm very proud of the initiatives we've been a part of this year."
Onboard with Let's Go Urban
Founded in 2009 by Sihame El Kaouakibi, Let's Go Urban (LGU) has one clear mission: to bring out the best in young people. How? By empowering youths to develop their own unique talents and personalities. The LGU Academy established an after-school programme for urban youths starting from the age of six, and focuses on teenagers and young adults from diverse backgrounds. Since one of our partners is on the board of Let's Go Urban, we get to witness inspiring personal transformation.
Beyond these endeavours, we’re also members of the Legal Diversity & Inclusion Alliance (LDIA). The coalition is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace in which everyone benefits from equal treatment and opportunities, irrespective of race, ethnic or social origin, gender or sexual orientation, age, disability, language, religion, political preference or any other grounds of personal discrimination.
VOKA diversity charter
Deloitte Legal is proud to be one of the signatories of the VOKA diversity charter, thereby underlining our commitment to broader recruitment, regardless of colour, origin, age or orientation. The charter recognises that diversity is not a 'nice to have' for dynamic companies, but a 'need to have' and is a precondition for sustainable growth and innovation.
Making an impact that matters
Here are some examples of how we played our part during the pandemic via our pro bono work:
Gear Up Medical
During lockdown, Deloitte Legal assisted Gear Up Medical with regulatory med-tech advice on the market access conditions for medical devices under the EU and Belgian medical device regulatory framework. As a result, this start-up helped fight COVID-19 by providing ventilators to hospitals in need.
Biotech company Biogazelle was on the frontline of the fight against COVID-19 in Belgium. Aware of the need to expand corona testing, it worked with a government-led consortium of academia, biotech and pharma to do just that. Deloitte Legal helped Biogazelle scale up its COVID-19 testing in close collaboration with the COVID Taskforce by shaping the contractual and regulatory framework in order to make testing capabilities available on short notice.
In a record time of 10 days, Biogazelle was able to put in place and validate a robust and sensitive RT-qPCR workflow for high-throughput SARS-CoV-2 testing and now serves as one of the five official testing labs for the disease in Belgium. More importantly, this joint approach has contributed to the national effort to test as many people as possible.
To find out more about Biogazelle's role in the public testing effort, watch the video below produced by the VIB.