Global Chair of Baker McKenzie Milton Cheng and 60+ other Catalyst CEO Champions For Change who took a pledge to advance more women, including women of color, into senior leadership positions and onto their boards, are making tangible progress, according to Catalyst’s latest report.

The report, Progress in Action: Catalyst CEO Champions For Change, shows the companies—representing more than 10 million employees and more than $3 trillion in revenue globally—improved their representation metrics in top leadership positions and throughout the pipeline for all women over a five-year period.

In addition, Baker McKenzie and the Champion companies collectively outpaced their global peers in representation of women across the leadership pipeline in 2018, having more women board directors, executives, senior managers, and managers in comparison.

Milton and the other Catalyst CEO Champions For Change have pledged to be transparent and share metrics on their progress to hold themselves and their organizations accountable.

Milton explains "Earlier this year we were delighted to announce our new global aspirational targets set at 40:40:20 per cent, to represent 40% women, 40% men and 20% flexible (women, men or non-binary persons). This target applies to Partners, senior business professionals, firm committee leadership and candidate pools for recruitment. We have set a target date of 1 July 2025 to make these targets. Twenty years after electing the first female Chair of any global law firm we are proud to say that once again we are leading the way in the legal sector."

Catalyst President and CEO Lorraine Hariton said “We are living in a time where people expect the business community to reflect what society looks like, yet we are still far from gender equality in the workforce. Baker McKenzie and the Catalyst CEO Champions For Change have taken concrete steps to create change for women, including women of color, in the workplace. These leaders exemplify the immense power of action, and we are proud and honored to be working alongside them.”

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