Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie has ranked 7th in the annual Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2017, a rise of four places since last year.
The Stonewall Top 100 Employers are the best performing employers on Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index, an annual audit of workplace culture for LGBT staff. Over 430 employers submitted entries to the 2017 index across the public, private and third sectors with over 90,000 responses to the staff survey. This makes it one of the largest national employment surveys in Britain.
Alex Chadwick, London Managing Partner, Baker McKenzie, said:
We are delighted to again be included in Stonewall's prestigious listing which is due to the great work being done by our Baker LGBT employee network, our Ally network and our Inclusion & Diversity team. Diversity is part of our Firm's DNA - a place where everyone both inside and outside of the workplace can be their authentic self.
Duncan Bradshaw, Director of Membership Programmes, Stonewall added:
Baker McKenzie and all those who have made this year's Top 100 Employers list have done a fantastic job, and really do put equality and inclusion at the forefront of their work. With their continued efforts and hard work, we will continue to work toward a world where all lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff are welcomed and accepted without exception in their workplaces.
Diversity & Inclusion
Baker McKenzie is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion for all its lawyers and staff. In 2014 the Firm appointed London-based Employment partner Sarah Gregory as its Inclusion & Diversity partner, a move which placed Inclusion & Diversity at the forefront of the London office strategy. Staff involvement in diversity issues is encouraged through focus groups and activities such as:
Baker McKenzie's sports
The men's and women's football teams, Rugby and Tag Rugby teams have worn rainbow laces to support the Stonewall campaign aimed at eliminating homophobia in sport. The football and rugby teams (mixed gender) regularly wear a rainbow kit at fixtures which gives our teams an opportunity to actively support the firm's stance on LGBT
Over one-third of employees in Baker McKenzie's London office are members of the LGBT Allies network whose objective is to create an environment where everyone in the office feels comfortable in being open about their sexual orientation and gender identity.
Supporting our community
The firm supports a number of LGBT community groups, including:
- The Albert Kennedy Trust: Baker McKenzie supported the Albert Kennedy Trust's Youth Conference
- The London Gay Men's Chorus: The Firm has a longstanding relationship with the chorus providing space for meetings and rehearsals alongside which funding is provided for a signer at main LGMC shows, opening up their performances to the deaf community
- Pride in London: Baker McKenzie is a founding sponsor of the annual Pride Gala Dinner
- For the past three years Baker McKenzie has provided hosting facilities for one of Stonewall's education programmes, equipping teachers with the skills to educate their peers in order to eradicate homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and language in schools.
Sarah Gregory, Inclusion & Diversity partner added:
To be recognised for our ongoing support for the LGBT community in the workplace is a wonderful reflection of the continued dedication of our people and the culture of Baker McKenzie.