Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie today has been recognised as the highest ranking law in the Social Mobility Employer Index 2019, having jumped from 10th to 5th place.
The top 75 UK employers who have taken the most action to improve social mobility in the workplace are showcased in what is believed to be the world’s only Social Mobility Employer Index. Created by the Social Mobility Foundation, the Index ranks Britain’s employers on the actions they are taking to ensure they are open to accessing and progressing talent from all class backgrounds.
Baker McKenzie was assessed on the outreach work we do with young people, through to how our recruitment and selection processes, are managed and how people from lower income backgrounds progress up their career ladder within our organisation.
Arron Slocombe, partner in the Firm's Pensions Practice and Partner lead for its BakerOpportunity social mobility focus group in London said, "We are delighted to have jumped five places to fifth in the Social Mobility Employer Index. It is recognition of the strategic and data-driven approach that we take to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed and realise their potential. We continue to strive to broaden the access and opportunities to talent from all backgrounds and communities."
David Johnston OBE, chief executive of the Social Mobility Foundation, said “We are delighted to see more and more employers every year taking part in our Social Mobility Employer Index. The quality of submissions this year meant we have increased the size of our Top list from 50 to 75 and it shows the very wide range of organisations trying to make progress on social mobility. Whilst no employer would say they have cracked their social mobility challenge, all of the employers in the Top list – along with those that didn’t quite make it – should be congratulated for the efforts they’re making to ensure their organisation is open to talent from all class backgrounds.”
The Rt Hon Alan Milburn, chair of the Social Mobility Foundation added, "Social mobility is becoming a cause for more and more of our country's top employers. When politics is weak, society needs to be strong - so it is welcome a growing number of employers are stepping up to the plate. They recognise the need to open their doors to a wider pool of talent both to address growing public concerns about unfairness and to reap the business benefits from having more diverse workforces. The onus is now on all of our country's top employers to do the same."
125 employers from 18 sectors, who collectively employ over 1.1 million people in the UK, answered around 100 questions across 7 different areas. Over 14,000 employees also took part in a voluntary employee survey.
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