Collinson Group and Hogan Lovells receives Hestia’s Everyone’s Business Award 

On Tuesday 7th December, Christopher Evans, Joint CEO at Collinson Group and Susan Bright, Global Managing Partner for Diversity & Inclusion and Responsible Business at Hogan Lovells were awarded the Everyone’s Business Award by the crisis charity Hestia, at an online ceremony held by Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse (EIDA). 

Both recipients were assessed by an independent panel consisting of Elizabeth Filkin CBE, Chair of EIDA, Paul Quinlan, Head of Employee Relations at Ernst & Young Global Limited, and Sally Benatar, recently retired Chief Superintendent within the Metropolitan Police. 

Eleven organisations have successfully received the award, ranging from local authorities to construction companies and now the Collinson Group and Hogan Lovells can join the prestigious list of award winners. 

Collinson Group worked to ensure their internal response to domestic abuse reached all offices and employees in all regions. They consulted with our Everyone’s Business Team and EIDA to ensure that the policy was appropriate for a global workforce. They have included country-specific advice and signposting and have also raised awareness of the Bright Sky app, which aside from the UK is also available in 10 other countries.  

Hogan Lovells are the first law firm to receive the Everyone’s Business Award. Hogan Lovells has demonstrated best practice with a strong policy, excellent engagement with staff networks, and continued training and upskilling of their employees. 

Hogan Lovells has also made contributions to the wider community response, providing pro bono work to survivors of domestic abuse and supporting efforts to ensure the new Domestic Abuse Act recognised children as victims. 

Christopher Evans, Joint CEO at Collinson Group said:

“I’m very proud to be receiving this award on behalf of our people around the world who have contributed their time and expertise over the last 12 months to support victims of domestic abuse. We’re proud to be EIDA Beacons, using our voice and resources to tackle the stigma that surrounds domestic abuse and thank Hestia and EIDA for your support.” 

Susan Bright, Global Managing Partner for Diversity & Inclusion and Responsible Business at Hogan Lovells said:

“I am delighted that Hogan Lovells has been recognised with an Everyone’s Business award.  Our ambition is to do everything we can to support our people and their families who are affected by domestic abuse, as well as shining a light on the terrible impact of abuse and encouraging other employers to take action too.  We do this through our pro bono legal work, skills-based volunteering work and by working collaboratively with Hestia and other organisations, including our clients, to ensure that business plays its part in supporting those affected and in bringing about change.” 

Patrick Ryan, Chief Executive at Hestia said:

“A huge well done to both recipients for the amazing work they have demonstrated and for the immeasurable impact this will have for survivors of domestic abuse across those organisations. Thanks again to the members of our independent panel; Elizabeth Filkin, Paul Quinlan and Sally Benatar and a massive thank you to EIDA for hosting the awards, and for your continued support of the Everyone’s Business programme.”