January 28, 2016
Fraser studied law and completed his postgraduate studies at the University of Bristol, England, in 1995 and has been working within the legal profession since then. He qualified as a Solicitor (England & Wales) in 1999 and began his career at Clifford Chance in Amsterdam in 2000 as an Associate. Fraser’s role at Clifford Chance Amsterdam has changed over the years, and in 2015, he was appointed as the Head of the Knowledge & Information team in the office.
Clifford Chance’s LGBT network Arcus has existed since 2006, and Fraser was instrumental in establishing the Amsterdam branch in 2012. Since then he and members of Arcus Amsterdam have among other things organized a human rights seminar, for which they received an internal Corporate Responsibility award nomination in 2014.
Fraser lives in Utrecht with his partner Mark.
January 14, 2016
On Monday, January 11th, Workplace Pride held its 2016 New Year’s Reception at the UWV head office in Amsterdam. The evening was opened by UWV’s CEO Fred Paling, who gave a warm welcome to all attendees, followed by Lisette Kuyper from SCP (Sociaal Cultureel Planbureau) whose Transgender research paper captivated the audience.
David Pollard, Workplace Pride Executive Director, focused on the Foundation’s activities in the year ahead. To name a few: the third edition of the Global Benchmark opens on May 2nd, the selection process for Chair Holder for the Workplace Pride Chair at Leiden University has started and the foundation has been selected as partner in a EU Commission’s LGBT Diversity Business Case study.
2016 also marks the 10th anniversary of the Foundation’s activities. A joyful occasion which will be celebrated during this year’s Workplace Pride International Conference at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam with the fitting theme “New Horizons for LGBT Workplace Inclusion: 10 Years of Progress and Pride”.
Another highlight of the evening was the launch of the Workplace Pride Academy, which has been designed to provide professional training sessions for all types of organizations on the topic of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) inclusion at work.
With a symbolic signing ceremony, two new members to the Foundation were announced: utility company Nuon and multi-national professional services firm EY.
Mark Emdin, Workplace Pride Chairman of the Board, closed the official part of the evening with the introduction of the two latest additions to the Foundations Board. Jen Janice, Director Enterprise Account Sales at UPS and Fraser Morel, Knowledge & Information Manager at Clifford Chance.
With many exciting activities ahead and with the support of old and new friends, Workplace Pride is looking forward to an inspiring and successful 2016.
Click here for more pictures of the New Year’s Reception.
August 12, 2014
New Workplace Pride member Clifford Chance organized an LGBT Diversity Seminar at their historic offices in Amsterdam last Friday, August 8th. This event, which was held on the occasion of Clifford Chance joining Workplace Pride, looked closely at the human rights aspect of being LGBT in different cultures.
Main speakers included Graeme Reid, Director of the Human Rights Watch LGBT program who gave a first hand account of their effort to give in-country support to local LGBT organizations by challenging anti-LGBT laws. Amongst others, Reid explored how new laws in Russia, Nigeria and Uganda have led to mob violence against LGBT people and widespread fear with the communities.
Although sobering, Reid’s presentation was a vivid reminder that in many countries where Workplace Pride members are active, it is difficult or impossible for LGBT people to feel safe. Taking this dynamic from a totally different angle, Joeri Kempen of Pride Photo Award, gave a passionate and lively interpretation of photos from Pride Photo Award’s 2013 winning selection. Ranging from Hijra (transgender people from South Asia) to same-sex married couples and their families in the US military, the photos visually demonstrated the incredible diversity of LGBT people around the world. Examples of many of the photos were hung on the walls of
Clifford Chance’s office in commemoration of the seminar.
Workplace Pride congratulates Clifford Chance on bringing a new dimension to the topic of LGBT workplace inclusion!
For more information on LGBT inclusion at Clifford Chance, write to: Fraser.Morel@CliffordChance.com
To see this event mentioned in external media, click on these links:
Link to Pride Photo Award Catalogue