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Diversity at Baker McKenzie:
BakerEthnicity was the first employee group in London, formed in 2006, and aims to ensure that the firm is represented by an ethnically diverse employee base at every level of the firm. The group has four distinct work-streams: creating a community; career development; events and external engagement; and recruitment. The group run a number of events focusing on the communities our employee base represent, and has celebrated key milestones such as Chinese New Year and Diwali with events that include authentic music, performances and food. In 2017 the group launched its Colour Brave campaign, engaging everyone around the topic of race equality, and in 2018 rolled out BAME mentoring circles to provide junior BAME employees with an open forum to discuss any challenges they are facing with members of the leadership.
BakerLGBT & Allies
BakerLGBT+ & Allies promotes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans inclusion in the London office and in the wider community, formed in 2008, the group has gone on to become the largest network in the office with over 300 members. Under the global #WeAreNotNeutral campaign, the network group runs employee engagement and education activities aligned with key milestone dates across the year, proactively sharing stories and holding events that focus on the wide range of identities within the LGBT+ space. The group is proud to publicly advocate for LGBT+ equality and supports a number of LGBT+ charities and organisations in the wider community by volunteering, working with young LGBT+ people, and by providing Pro Bono legal advice.
BakerOpportunity is the firm’s social mobility employee group, formed in 2011, and aims to ensure that the firm is represented by, and inclusive of, a socially diverse employee base. The group recently restructured to operate with four distinct work-streams: outreach and apprenticeships; inreach and progression; events and campaigns; and client engagement. The group actively supports all of the outreach activity across the firm, working with young people from primary school level through to postgraduates, and in 2018 and the group delivered its second ‘Social Mobility Week’ campaign which included a high profile panel discussion focussing on ‘Social Mobility: can employers address a divided nation?’.
BakerWellbeing focuses on mental wellbeing, disability, and the broad health and wellbeing reward offering in the office. Formed in 2010, the group has aimed to improve our openness around mental health and to have a positive impact on the culture of the firm. The group has led on building out the firm’s understanding and support of mental wellbeing through a number of campaigns and events, with a particular focus on the ‘This is Me’ campaign and sharing stories. As a result of the group’s work, the firm now runs session on mental resilience sessions as part of the learning & development curriculum, host events on the same topic with clients, and in 2018, rolled out mental health first aiders across the organisation. The group is also an active supporter of disability outreach focused activities, with a number of the steering committee members appearing as role models by speaking at events aimed at students and recruiters.
BakerWomen seeks to improve representation of women in senior positions and the gender balance across the firm, by running a number of events and campaigns that focus on gender related topics, and with an explicit focus on all genders. Within the group there are a number of work-streams: senior female networking; employee engagement; HeForShe; and client engagement. The group has run a series of high profile client events, including hosting the premiere of Dame Linda Dobbs’ film in the First 100 Years Project in March 2019, and have develop a series of engagement activities and a number of key commitments for all employees, regardless of gender, as part of the HeForShe campaign.
Firm Quote On Diversity:
Our aim is to attract, retain and develop diverse talent and to provide an office environment where people can be themselves and succeed, whatever their background. We are proud that Inclusion & Diversity is a core part of our strategy in London and globally.