Baker McKenzie is one of the first law firms to become a signatory of the Mindful Business Charter, representing a collective commitment to changing avoidable working practices that can cause of mental health and wellbeing issues for employees.
The Charter, developed by Barclays and law firms Addleshaw Goddard and Pinsent Masons, is the first time banks and their legal services providers have come together to reach a shared agenda for supporting mental health wellbeing.
At a signing event today, Baker McKenzie accompanies Lloyds Banking Group, NatWest and law firms Ashurst, Baker McKenzie, Clifford Chance, Eversheds Sutherland, Hogan Lovells and Simmons & Simmons in a joint commitment to abide by a set of principles centred on improved communication, respect for rest periods and considerate delegation of tasks. Performance against these principles will be monitored as part of a standing agenda item during review meetings.
In signing, Baker McKenzie pledges to promote a culture of openness about mental wellbeing, ensure responsible business is included as an area of assessment during significant procurement processes and drive forward the actions and necessary change in support of the principles of the Charter.
Baker McKenzie's London Managing Partner Alex Chadwick, says: "As a Firm, we feel it is important to change the dialogue on mental health and ensure that our working environment is one which is fully supportive and inclusive. As such, I'm very proud that we're involved in this worthy initiative and excited about the opportunity to formalise our commitment to changing avoidable working practices that can cause mental health and wellbeing issues for our people."
This is a continuation of the good work the Firm is already doing around understanding personal stories of mental health through our This is Me campaign, mental health awareness and resilience training, the Green Ribbon Campaign and our adoption of agile working practices.
Speaking on behalf of the founding group, Philip Aiken, Managing Director at Barclays said: "Baker McKenzie's wholehearted engagement with the Charter demonstrates its passion and belief in inspiring positive change. The take-up from so many of our banking and legal counterparts shows the power of collaboration and we hope that in time these principles will be applied in all organisations across all sectors."
The Charter has the support of mental health charity Mind, the Law Society, LawCare and the Solicitors Regulatory Authority.