Global law firm Baker McKenzie has received a score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the foremost benchmarking survey and report in the US measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality. Baker McKenzie joins the ranks of more than 760 major US businesses that also earned top marks this year.
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for LGBTQ people.
"We are honored to receive this recognition for the 11th consecutive year from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation," said Colin Murray, Baker McKenzie's North America Chief Executive Officer. "Despite the challenges of the last year and a rapid shift to remote working, we remained committed to our efforts to create and sustain a culture of full inclusion for our LGBTQ colleagues. Our goal is be the employer of choice, where all of our people can be their authentic selves, and where their work and contributions are respected and valued. We believe this is what inclusion means. We are so proud of the work of our people and our collaborative efforts in achieving this honor.”
"The Corporate Equality Index is the gold standard to measure the commitment and actions taken to create a thoughtful and healthy workplace for our LGBTQ colleagues and allies," said Anna Brown, Baker McKenzie's Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer. "Thank you to the HRC Foundation for their outstanding work in developing the annual Corporate Equality Index, and congratulations to all those recognized this year. We are proud to be named among these major firms and businesses leading the way in LGBTQ inclusion."
The CEI rates companies on detailed criteria falling under four central pillars:
- Non-discrimination policies across business entities;
- Equitable benefits for LGBTQ workers and their families;
- Supporting an inclusive culture; and
- Corporate social responsibility.
Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David added, “From the previously unimaginable impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, to a long overdue reckoning with racial injustice, 2020 was an unprecedented year. Yet, many businesses across the nation stepped up and continued to prioritize and champion LGBTQ equality. This year has shown us that tools like the CEI are crucial in the work to increase equity and inclusion in the workplace, but also that companies must breathe life into these policies and practices in real and tangible ways. Thank you to the companies that understand protecting their LGBTQ employees and consumers from discrimination is not just the right thing to do—but the best business decision.”
The HRC recognition follows similar awards Baker McKenzie has received for its efforts in advancing a diverse and inclusive workplace. For example, the Firm recently earned the Mansfield Certification Plus designation from the Diversity Lab, recognizing firms who affirmatively consider at least 30% women, attorneys of color, and LGBTQ+ lawyers and attorneys with disabilities for recruitment, governance roles, equity partner promotions and pitches. Baker McKenzie was also 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.
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