• Baker McKenzie recognised for good practice on workplace race equality and inclusion
  • Business in the Community listing now in its second year
  • Successful organisations announced today at event in London

Baker McKenzie has been recognised for its leadership on race equality and inclusion in the workplace by being included in Business in the Community’s Best Employers for Race listing, published today (30 October 2018).

Baker McKenzie is one of 70 employers included in the 2018 listing, which recognises good practice on workplace race equality and inclusion and celebrates the public and private sector organisations making a difference in this area. The listing is unranked and is published in alphabetical order, and the successful organisations will be celebrated at an event in London this afternoon.

To be considered for the listing, employers must demonstrate that they are putting leadership on race in place within their organisation, creating inclusive workplace cultures and taking action on leadership, progression and/or recruitment. They must also show how their policies are positively impacting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) employees within their organisations.

Baker McKenzie Diversity & Inclusion Partner, Sarah Gregory, said: "Having a diverse workforce is at the heart of Baker McKenzie's culture. To be recognised once again in this ranking is a testament to the good work the Firm is doing in increasing the representation of BAME talent across the office."

Sandra Kerr OBE, race equality director at Business in the Community, said: “Congratulations to Baker McKenzie on being named in the Best Employers for Race 2018 listing. They have demonstrated their leadership and commitment to creating fair, diverse and inclusive workplaces that work for all employees, including those from BAME backgrounds. In a rapidly changing global business environment, it’s vital that organisations make the most of all the diverse talent available to them to successfully compete, and Baker McKenzie is doing just that. I hope more employers will learn from their example, seize the moment to act on workplace race equality and following the example set out by the leading employers in this listing by signing up for Race at Work Charter launched earlier this month.”

Last October, the Firm launched the Colour Brave campaign in its London office, which seeks to create an environment where people feel comfortable talking openly about race and ethnicity. It is one of a number of initiatives led by BakerEthnicity which focuses on increasing the representation of BAME talent in the office. Baker McKenzie was the first law firm, for example, to introduce name blind recruitment removing the potential for discrimination based on name.

The Firm has also partnered with a number of key organisations, including Race for Opportunity, NOTICED, the BLD Foundation and the Black British Business Awards. Facilities Manager, Michelle Venson was a shortlisted nominee for the Precious Awards 2018, celebrating women of colour in business. 

The full list of Best Employers for Race and Race Equality Awards Winners and Highly Commended organisations are available via the Business in the Community Awards: http://race.bitc.org.uk.

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