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Targets heighten focus and accountability to deliver global inclusion strategy

Leading international law firm Clifford Chance has strengthened its commitment to inclusion, diversity and equality of opportunity within the firm with the launch of new and ambitious global and regional targets for gender, LGBT+ and ethnicity inclusion.

As the firm further increases its focus on its global inclusion strategy - change the rules, change the culture and change the lived experience, new regional targets have been introduced to ensure greater ambition, progress and accountability are embedded across the firm's global network.

The new targets are:

  • At least 40% female and at least 40% male global partners in the firm by 2030
  • APAC, and UK regions will have a goal of increasing the proportion of female partners by 25% by 2025 and by 60% by 2030
  • Americas and Continental Europe regions will have a goal of increasing the proportion of female partners by 35% by 2025 and 100% by 2030
  • ME region has a separate target of attaining 12.5% female partners by 2025 and 25% by 2030
  • Gender targets of at least 40% female and at least 40% male are to be extended at all levels throughout the firm's structures at a global and regional level, including to counsel, senior associate, associate, business professionals directors and leadership groups by 2025
  • The firm has introduced its first LGBT global partner level target of 3% by 2025
  • Our first minority ethnicity targets have been adopted for the US and UK regions which include 15% of new partners and 30% senior associates and business professionals by 2025

Global Director of Inclusion Tiernan Brady comments: 'There is nothing inevitable about inclusion. There is no hidden arc of progress that will make it happen automatically. If we want to build an inclusive firm and society, we have to work hard and campaign for it, set goals and when we achieve them, defend and champion them. Behind the targets announced today is a tailored set of initiatives that represents a comprehensive strategy to deliver greater inclusion. The top of our firm needs to look like the rest of the firm and the societies we are based in. It is both a core value and an economic imperative, and it is the future for the legal sector.'

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