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Inclusion and diversity

Our inclusion & diversity strategy

At Clifford Chance we see inclusion as a core value of the firm and also of the law. To be the global law firm of choice in this area we need to be the leaders in this area, so our global strategy focusses on three pillars: In our firm, with our clients and in the world. We believe that if you have a commitment to inclusion you must be prepared to use your skills and influence to champion, campaign and work to deliver on your values. Our goal is to deliver an equality of opportunity, an equality of aspiration and an equality of experience.

WeThe15

We are proud to have signed up to #WeThe15, sport's largest human rights campaign to raise awareness for the 15% of the world who have a disability. Launched by the International Paralympics Committee, the campaign aims to transform the lives of persons with disabilities through tackling discrimination and putting disability right at the heart of the inclusion agenda.

Supporting, developing and retaining diverse talent

We have a number of flourishing employee networks and a mental health advocate initiative championed by senior leaders, which help to engage our colleagues in diversity, inclusion and well-being. For example, our global managing partner Matthew Layton, was recognised on the FT's 2016 OUTstanding LGBT Allies list; Narind Singh, corporate partner, recognised on the FT's 2016 and 2017 OUTstanding LGBT Executive list and Habib Motani, partner and global head of our Derivatives practice and Chinwe Odimba-Chapman, partner TPE, were recognised in the 2018 EM Power List for ethnic minority leaders.

Accelerate>>>

Our global gender parity group, Accelerate>>>, is committed to taking bold actions to accelerate the pace of change towards gender parity and drive forward an inclusive and diverse culture, supporting the career development of women at all levels. It's about all of us contributing to a culture where everybody has the opportunity to succeed.

REACH

The Clifford Chance REACH Network is the firm’s network (“REACH”) for advancing race equality and celebrating heritage. In doing so, we aim to increase understanding of the value of our cultural differences and achieve equality of opportunity for all so that at all levels, the firm will reflect the cultural diversity of its employees.

Arcus

Clifford Chance's global LGBT network, Arcus, is represented in many of our offices, including London, the Americas, Asia Pacific and some countries in Continental Europe. The purpose of the network is to foster an inclusive and integrated culture that gives colleagues the choice to be open and out, with a strong belief that it is such a culture that allows everyone to develop to their maximum potential. The firm was ranked 19th in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index in 2018 and achieved 100% in the HRC Corporate Equality Index. We have also recently signed up to the UN Business Standards on LGBTI.

The Armed Forces Covenant

We welcome applications from former members of the Armed Forces, regular and reserve, and their families.

In 2017, Clifford Chance was the first magic circle law firm to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and, in 2021, received the Gold award in the Ministry of Defence's Employer Recognition Scheme. We have an active military network in London for ex-military, reservists and those with friends and family with military connections. 

We meet regularly to socialise and to discuss ideas to promote the network. We collaborate with other organisations that support veterans and we are working with law firms across London to create a legal industry network to share ideas and to attract talent to the sector. If you are a reservist, or thinking about becoming a reservist, we will support you.

Community

As a firm we believe we have a responsibility not only to each other, but also to people in the communities where we are based. We look to make a positive impact through our pro bono, community, environment and arts programmes.

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