Paul Rawlinson, Global Chair of leading global law firm Baker McKenzie, has been ranked as the leading lawyer in the Male Champion of Women in Business report by The Financial Times and HERoes, a gender-equality initiative. In this inaugural ranking, Paul is named as one of 30 Male Champions of Women in Business, for helping to effect the greatest changes in women’s careers in the UK and beyond.
The list was put together by the FT and HERoes in response to the lack of gender diversity in boardrooms. Not having female representation at the top has an impact across all levels of an organization and more must be done across all sectors and industries to develop a pool of diverse rising talent.
Paul Rawlinson was commended for his unequivocal desire to further Baker McKenzie's global focus on diversity. His submission highlighted his active support of the London office's high profile HeForShe campaign, which saw over 70% of male partners becoming HeForShe ambassadors.
Recently Paul was the sole private sector representative at the United Nations launch event for 'Champions of the Global Equal Pay Coalition' to talk about the role that professional services firms can play in bridging the gap in equal pay. He is also an active supporter of the 30% Club in the UK, recently speaking on a panel at the 'Shifting the Needle' Leadership Forum.
Speaking after the FT and HERoes announcement, Paul said: "I don't see gender equality as a 'women's' issue – it's a business issue and while I am very aware that progress is being made, there is still much to do before we reach true gender equality. I am therefore thrilled to be named on this list as a driver of change towards greater gender diversity, and will proudly continue to champion women's careers both locally and globally."