The signatories to this charter believe that a commitment to diversity and inclusion is essential to reflect the society we serve today. It makes business sense because it helps us to attract and retain the best talent, it enables us to understand and meet clients' needs more effectively and so provide a better quality service.
Accordingly, we will:
- Strive to achieve best practice in our recruitment, retention and career progression practices as employers
- Support the development of good diversity practice by collecting and sharing examples of practical activities that contribute to progress with other signatories
- Assign responsibility for meeting our charter commitments to a named, senior level individual
- Work together to develop and adopt future protocols that support the practical implementation of the aims of this charter
- Annually publish the diversity profile of our UK employees and details of our work on equality, diversity and inclusion
- Publish a joint annual report on the basis of a monitoring exercise to measure the impact of this charter and its protocols. These reports will form the basis of regular dialogue with stakeholders, employees and clients.
Benefits to charter signatories
Free to sign up to, key benefits to becoming a charter signatory include
- A high-profile public commitment to diversity and inclusion
- Access to information, tools and examples of good practice
- Effective benchmarking of performance
- Opportunity to lead and shape the diversity and inclusion agenda across the legal profession
Working towards improving performance on diversity is not just the right thing to do but is also critical to a firm's business and its ability to continue providing a high quality service to clients. Clients are clearly aware of this and are increasingly asking questions of the firms they use.
Sakil Suleman, Diversity Partner, Reed Smith LLP.