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Disability

Inclusion & diversity

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.

Highlights

Dismantling stigma and delivering equal career opportunities for all

A pan-European panel consisting of Tiernan Brady (Global Director of Inclusion), Martin Clemm (General Counsel, Software AG), Prof. Dr. René Schmidpeter (Professor of Sustainable Management) and Sara Schermerhorn (Senior Advisor, Employment) recently considered how to tackle the stigma faced by people with disabilities in society and in the workplace.

Infinite Flow

UNITED STATES

The New York office hosted an in-person event with Infinite Flow, a nonprofit and award-winning dance company with a mission to dismantle biases, promote inclusion, and discover and celebrate our own resilience. After a powerful live performance, our Global Director of Inclusion Tiernan Brady led a panel discussion with Infinite Flow founder Marisa Hamamoto and dancers.

Clifford Chance wins Best Internal Engagement Campaign at People In Law Awards 2022

Global

The Enable: My Lived Experience campaign features people across Clifford Chance talking about their visible and non-visible disabilities and what it means for them for them in their day-to-day role at the firm. The stories have gone on to become some of our most read ever on our internal news platform and have had a profound impact on many.

The judges "were impressed by the holistic approach adopted by Clifford Chance in its campaign of cultural change and inclusion. With very clear goals they used powerful storytelling to engage across the firm to build support, empathy and behaviour change."

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World Down Syndrome Day

Spain

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!

Clifford Chance becomes a founding member of Neurodiversity in Business

UK

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.

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#WeThe15

Global

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.

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Basketball with Rebound WA

Australia

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.

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Enable

Enabling colleagues with a disability, long term injury or condition or workplace adjustment to thrive at Clifford Chance.

Our areas of focus

  • Raising Awareness
  • Career Development & Mentoring
  • Workplace Adjustments
  • Engagement

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.

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Becoming ambassadors for change

Inclusion is for all of us. If it isn’t then it isn’t inclusion at all.

Our 2021 Inclusion Report celebrates some of the amazing people in our firm who have been demonstrating their values through campaigning for inclusion.

Enjoy reading their stories.

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Our commitments

Mapping our objectives

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Our insights

The latest points of view from our people on our responsible business activities

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