Global law firm Baker McKenzie has received the 2020 D&I Commitment & Investment Award from the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms, recognizing the Firm's long-term investment in creating a more diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace.
The Committee considered a number of factors in selecting Baker McKenzie for the recognition, including resources dedicated to diversity and inclusion efforts, the number of racially and ethnically diverse attorneys in leadership positions at the Firm, as well as programming and initiatives devoted to diversity and inclusion and the Firm’s diverse lawyers.
"Baker McKenzie is steadfast in our commitment to inclusion and equity," said David Malliband, Baker McKenzie's Chicago Office Managing Partner. "Not only in Chicago but also throughout our entire Firm, we are building a culture where every person feels a sense of belonging and able to reach their full potential. In recent months we have placed a significant focus on our anti-racism efforts, which include the creation of a North America Anti-Racism Taskforce. Additional initiatives and efforts include the launch of our Lawyers of Color Conference in January of this year, and crediting billable hours devoted to diversity and inclusion initiatives. We know there is always more work to be done, but we appreciate this recognition of our efforts."
Baker McKenzie's Chicago office has approximately 230 lawyers and is the Firm’s largest office in North America. The Firm was founded in Chicago in 1949.
Added Anna Brown, Baker McKenzie's Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion, "We are thrilled to receive this award from the Chicago Committee and appreciate its efforts in recognizing the critical importance of advancing diversity, equity and inclusion efforts within law firms. At Baker McKenzie, our aim is to truly move the needle within our Firm and in our profession."
The Commitment & Investment Award follows similar awards Baker McKenzie has received for its efforts in advancing a diverse and inclusive workplace. For example, the Firm was recently named a Best Law Firm for Women by Working Mother magazine, and was shortlisted for the 2020 Chambers USA D&I awards in three categories including Inclusive Firm of the Year. Baker McKenzie has also been honored for 11 consecutive years with a perfect score on Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index.
Baker McKenzie also recently achieved Mansfield Certification Plus, which recognizes firms that affirmatively consider at least 30% women, attorneys of color, and LGBTQ+ lawyers and attorneys with disabilities for recruitment, governance roles, equity partner promotions, and inclusion in formal pitch presentations to clients.