Leading law firm Baker McKenzie is proud to announce it has been named as one of Stonewall's Top Global Employers for 2019. The Firm was one of only 14 companies worldwide to have been recognised for its work in LGBT+ inclusion.
Baker McKenzie was acknowledged for global staff engagement programmes, which create allies as agents for change. An example of this, is the Firm's Global LGBT+ Business Resource Group which brings together partners and senior business services professionals from across our international network to advance LGBT+ equality. The group is supported by 'in-country' LGBT+ Liaisons, who are responsible for ensuring that their local offices participate as much as possible.
As part of our commitment to our LGBT+ people and communities, we maintain a zero-tolerance approach to any form of discrimination, victimisation or harassment by or against any of our people, based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. Training and education is provided to our people in furtherance of an inclusive environment, and support opportunities for engagement with our clients on LGBT+ issues, including sharing best practices.
Constanze Ulmer-Eilfort, Chair of the EMEA region at Baker McKenzie, and Chair of the Firm's Global Diversity & Inclusion Committee commented, "As an organisation we place strong emphasis ensuring that all of our people across the globe understand the importance of LGBT+ inclusion. Under the banner of 'We Are Not Neutral',' we continue to work hard to make certain that regardless of where our staff are in the world, they are supported by our LGBT+ policies and encouraged to advocate, where possible, for LGBT+ equality."
Stonewall’s Top Global Employers is an annual list showcasing the best multinational employers for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff. The list is compiled from submissions worldwide to their Global Workplace Equality Index from which they rank organisations based on criteria ranging from employee policies and procedure and staff engagement, to understanding of their local context and additional in-country activity.