Baker McKenzie has received the 2017 Starbucks Law & Corporate Affairs Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion Award, recognizing the Firm's commitment to advancing an inclusive workplace, both within the Firm and throughout the legal profession. Starbucks presented the award during a ceremony at its global headquarters in Seattle on December 5, 2017.
The Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion Award annually recognizes one law firm that "demonstrates true leadership in diversity and inclusion." Submissions are reviewed by Starbucks' Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which highlighted Baker McKenzie's efforts to support workplace equality for all its employees, including those who are women, minorities and openly LGBTQ. Baker McKenzie is the only firm to win this award three times, having previously been honored in 2009 and 2010.
"Diversity is at the core of who we are at Starbucks," said Paul Mutty, senior vice president and interim general counsel and secretary at Starbucks. "We are proud to work with organizations, like Baker McKenzie, who share this commitment and also understand how diversity and inclusivity add value to their workplace cultures and client relationships."
Starbucks pointed to Baker McKenzie's commitment to diversity and inclusion in several key areas, including pipeline development, associate diversity, promotions to partnership, firm management and retention. In June, the Firm announced 80 new partner promotions, of which 40 percent were women.
The review committee also applauded Baker McKenzie's many innovative programs, such as the launch in March of the Firm's flexible work initiative for all employees. The program, called bAgile, provides increased access to a range of agile working arrangements, including telecommuting and alternative working schedules.
“Starbucks has been a partner to Baker McKenzie for more than 20 years and we are honored to receive this prestigious award,” said Dieter Schmitz, the Firm’s global relationship partner for Starbucks. "It's a testament to the Firm’s passion for fostering diversity and inclusion at every level within our organization and in every community where we operate."
Added Loke-Khoon Tan, the Firm's co-relationship partner for Starbucks, "As a member of Baker McKenzie's Global D&I Committee, I am especially delighted by this recognition. Starbucks is a global leader in its commitment to workplace equality, and we have enjoyed a close cooperation in the Asia Pacific region for many years. We look forward to our continued collaboration."
Baker McKenzie is consistently recognized among the world's top law firms for its commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion for all its lawyers and business professionals. Over the past year, the Firm was named one of the Best Law Firms for Women by Working Mother Magazine, and Law360 recently named Baker McKenzie among the top five best law firms for women attorneys in its 2017 Glass Ceiling Report. The Firm also received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 2018 Corporate Equality Index for the eighth consecutive year.
"Not only does this award speak to Baker McKenzie's commitment to advancing inclusive workplace policies and practices at our Firm and throughout the legal community, but it also underscores the value our clients place on diversity and inclusion," said Anna Brown, the Firm's North America Director of Diversity & Inclusion. "We are proud of our steadfast efforts in this area, and grateful to Starbucks for this recognition."