Baker McKenzie has been shortlisted for the inaugural Chambers USA D&I awards in the "Outstanding Firm for Furthering Diversity and Inclusion" category. According to Chambers, this award is for a firm that has shown "an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession."
"We are thrilled to be shortlisted for this award," said Colin Murray, the Firm's North American Chief Executive Officer. "There are many benefits to a diverse and inclusive workforce, including a broader exchange of ideas and better service delivery to our clients, which is why we strive every day to make progress toward ambitious diversity and inclusion goals. Being recognized for our efforts alongside our clients and peers is a tremendous honor."
The Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards shine the spotlight on champions for change, trailblazers and outstanding allies who are furthering the advancement of equality in the legal profession and uses comprehensive criteria to evaluate this award, including:
- Breadth: the degree to which the initiative spanned different jurisdictions, practice areas, strands of diversity and career progression
- Commitment: the degree to which the initiative went beyond normal practice and work remit / the percentage of individuals at the firm who were involved
- Impact: the degree to which individuals, the firm and/or the community at large is positively affected
- Advancement: the degree to which the work advanced diversity and inclusion
- Originality: the degree to which the work involved innovative programs and structures or tackled issues that had not previously been foremost in the firm/individuals remit
In addition to the Chambers USA D&I award nomination, Baker McKenzie's diversity and inclusion efforts have been recognized for 10 consecutive years with a perfect score on HRC's Corporate Equality Index and for eight consecutive years as a Best Law Firm for Women by Working Mother Magazine.
Overall award winners will be announced during a ceremony in San Francisco on June 6.