Our choice for first place is Baker & McKenzie BAME network BakerEthnicty. This initiative, started in 2006 to address a lack of diversity within the trainee cohort at the firm. The network has resulted in a tangible change to the diversity of the London office. In 2006 only 3% of trainees were Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME), today 32% are plus a steady increase in the number of BAME associates and partners. The firm have also forged partnerships with a number of organisations and made small but clever changes to their processes like removing names from applications for roles.
Winner's quote: "This award reflects Baker & McKenzie's continued commitment to diversity. The award also reflects the dedication and passion of members of our BAME staff network, BakerEthnicity, who have put a great deal of time and energy into ensuring we recruit a diverse pool of talent and foster a culture in which everyone can thrive." Sunny Mann, Partner Sponsor of Ethnicity Network, Baker & McKenzie LLP
From left: Marcus Brigstocke, Sunny Mann (Baker & McKenzie) and Shona Rowan
(Shona Rowan Performance Consulting)