The Law Society Diversity and Inclusion Charter is the flagship diversity initiative of the legal profession. It is an instantly recognisable public statement of commitment by its signatories and a framework for positive action across all strands of diversity.
The Charter is a public commitment by its by providers of legal services, regardless of practice size, to develop and implement best practice in equality, diversity and inclusion - as employers, as providers of legal services, as purchasers of goods and services and in their wider roles in society.
The first Protocol under the Charter is a simple commitment by purchasers of legal services to collecting and considering standard diversity information from any law firms tendering legal work using a model questionnaire.
The second Protocol under the Charter provides guidelines for following best practice in the collection and monitoring of workforce diversity information.
The third Protocol under the Charter presents a clear business case for flexible working, guidelines, checklists, case studies and practical tools to help law practices embed flexible working in the workplace.
The 2012 annual Charter review report presents the results of the firms' self assessment and an overview of the diversity profile of the legal sector workforce across the cohort firms. The report also spotlights the readiness of Charter signatories to meet proposed regulatory requirements for monitoring, and illustrates their progress towards monitoring and reporting on diversity.
To become a signatory to the charter, or a protocol partner, please email confirmation of your commitment to email@example.com . In line with the Charter commitment, please note that this should be from a senior representative at partner or director level . Please also provide contact details for those with overall operational responsibility for diversity within your organisation.
Members: access your account page.
Initiated by the Society of Asian Lawyers and BT and led by the Law Society, this is a developing initiative through which its signatories will work together to develop, share and adopt best practice. Purchasers of legal services are invited to support and promote supplier diversity through adoption of the Protocol on the Procurement of Legal Services.
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