At Clifford Chance we believe everyone is entitled to the same equality of opportunity and experience.
No one should ever feel they can't be a full and equal member of the firm or society because of a disability. The breadth of wisdom and perspective that people with different life experiences can bring to our firm across the globe only makes us stronger and better at what we do.
However, to benefit from the perspectives of our people who have disabilities we have to constantly strive to deliver that equality of opportunity and daily experience for them.
Dismantling stigma and delivering equal career opportunities for all
The Clifford Chance Enable network gathered to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December).
The panel - Matthew Layton, Ruth Owen OBE, Lord Kevin Shinkwin and Tiernan Brady - discussed how we can tackle the stigma faced by people with disabilities in society and in workplaces, and what businesses should do as they strive to deliver an equality of opportunity and experience for all our colleagues.
As part of our commitment to disability inclusion we are proud to be supporting the International Paralympic Committee on #WeThe15, sports' largest human rights campaign, which will raise awareness of the 15% of the world (c1.2 billion people) with a disability. Over the next decade it aims to both end discrimination towards persons with disabilities and to put disability right at the heart of the inclusion agenda, alongside ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation.
With a long-standing connection to the disability community, purple is the official colour of #WeThe15. Our offices across the world lit up in purple to show support.
Our colleagues in Hong Kong were treated to delicious purple cookies baked by The Nest Bakery, a non profit social enterprise empowering people with learning disabilities. The bakery employs four staff with learning disabilities who receive guidance from their head baker to create and bake delicious cakes, cookies, pastries and more.
With #WeThe15 launching at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, we encouraged our people to get into the spirit with 15 minutes of movement - whether a walk, a run, a swim.
Clifford Chance becomes a founding member of Neurodiversity in Business
Neurodiversity in Business will help ensure greater workplace inclusion of the neurodivergent community. The organisation draws upon the cumulative knowledge of neurodivergent experts and leading companies to share best practice and improve the employment and experience of the neurodiverse workforce.
To mark World Down Syndrome Day, we enjoyed a talk with author Lola Arias Ramiro, and our colleagues Teresa Reja Hernández, Cristina Armada Santos-Suarez and Ana Latorre (all of whom are related to people with Down Syndrome) shared the joys of having an extra chromosome in their lives.
Odd socks decorated the offices in Madrid and Barcelona, and also the feet of many colleagues!
Enabling global change
Enable, our vision and strategy to raise awareness of visible and non-visible disabilities and the diversity of working needs and to debunk the myths and stigma surrounding the term 'disability', has evolved significantly.
Co-chair of Enable Ashika Patel and Translation Services Officer Teresa Reja explain why the work Enable is delivering is important to them and the firm.
Marisa Hamamoto is a Japanese American dance artist, stroke survivor, and founder of Infinite Flow, a nonprofit and award-winning dance company with a mission to dismantle biases, promote inclusion, and discover and celebrate our own resilience. Global Director of Inclusion Tiernan Brady spoke with Marisa in a powerful keynote session.
The discussion was followed by a performance by Infinite Flow dancers.
Clifford Chance joins forces with the Invictus Games Foundation
Clifford Chance has been appointed as legal advisor to the Invictus Games Foundation. The partnership will see Clifford Chance provide a suite of innovative legal services to the Foundation in a range of areas including commercial, intellectual property, employment and pensions, and governance and risk, among others.
Basketball with Rebound WA
To raise awareness of the importance of disability inclusion, colleagues from our Perth office took part in a fun wheelchair basketball game hosted by Rebound WA, a charitable association assisting Western Australians living with physical disabilities to live more active lives. The team was made up of mostly non-wheelchair users.
Enabling colleagues with a disability, long term injury or condition or workplace adjustment to thrive at Clifford Chance.
Our areas of focus
Career Development & Mentoring
Clifford Chance Enable seeks to provide a safe, inclusive and open environment for colleagues to discuss their lived experience at Clifford Chance. We offer adjustments to the recruitment process to assist candidates with a disability and work with our people to consider adjustments to help them perform in their role.
We have an active network of Enable groups across the globe.