The United States Steel Corp. recently earned honors for advancing diversity, equity and inclusion.
The Pittsburgh-based company received Mansfield Certification. The certification is awarded to companies that have expanded diversity within their legal departments.
“Earning Mansfield Certification marks a significant step toward accelerating our ability to open doors to historically underrepresented individuals in the legal field,” said Mona Dine, general manager, human resources and chief diversity officer, in a press release.
Since 2017, just over 350 of the country’s law firms and legal departments have participated in Mansfield Certification.
The certification is designed to ensure lawyers of all backgrounds have a fair and equitable opportunity to advance into leadership roles.
“Mansfield Certification is one more way we are expanding our thinking and our talent pool whenever new leadership positions become available – not only on our legal team but across all levels of our organization,” said Duane Holloway, senior vice president, general counsel, and chief ethics and compliance office.
U.S. Steel pursued the certification by implementing a data-driven approach. They thought broadly whenever new leadership positions became available. To earn certification, the company demonstrated progress toward increasing diversity and inclusion for internal positions and outside counsel roles.
The name of the certification is a tribute to Arabella Mansfield. Mansfield was the first female in the U.S. to be sworn in as a lawyer.
The certification was inspired by the Rooney Rule, piloted by Pittsburgh native Dan Rooney. The Rooney Rule requires NFL teams to interview minority candidates for coaching positions.
“At U.S. Steel, we believe diversity and inclusivity enhance our ability to innovate,” Holloway said.
U.S. Steel is a leading steel producer. The company serves the automotive, construction, appliance, energy and packaging industries.
Founded in 1901, U.S. Steel has its headquarters in Pittsburgh. The company maintains locations in East Chicago, Gary and Portage.