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Ethnicity

Inclusion & diversity

To be the global law firm of choice we believe the rich variety of ethnicity, culture and heritage across the globe should be reflected in the population of our firm.

We believe our current and future success is dependent upon us continuing to build and nurture deeper roots in the communities in which we operate.

Carnival 2021

UK

Every year the UK celebrates Notting Hill Carnival over the August Bank Holiday and this year was no different despite the cancellation of the in-person procession.

Our affinity networks ARCUS and REACH marked Carnival by welcoming photographer Charlie Phillips who is well known for his photography of Notting Hill during the period of West Indian migration to London. He has also chronicled the passion and style of African-Caribbean carnivals and funerals in London over several generations. Charlie showed us a selection of his photos which spoke of the intimacy and familiarity with which he views his own community.

We also had a beautiful live steelpan performance from the Metronomes Steel Orchestra, an innovative, community-based steel band based in West London.

Charlie's archive

Dicta: Legal Poetry by Harbani Ahuja

Americas

We have sponsored Dicta, an interactive virtual poetry project presented by our global pro bono partner ICAAD.

In this powerful series exploring the rights of Black people, Harbani Ahuja, ICAAD’s inaugural artist in residence uses Dicta, the additional commentary by judges from Supreme Court case decisions to create poetic pieces that highlight broad social justice themes from the lens of a public interest advocate and woman of colour.

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World Cultural Diversity Day

Global

Held every year on 21 May, the World Day for Cultural Diversity celebrates the richness of the world’s cultures and recognises the importance of intercultural exchange.

To mark the day, we hosted a client event where we looked at the work taking place at Clifford Chance to further race equality, supporting our Black members of staff and educating those who are wanting to become better allies.

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Reconciliation Action Plan

Australia

National Reconciliation Week is held annually in Australia to celebrate and build on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. This year as part of our celebration the firm is launching a Clifford Chance Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

The program provides a framework for Clifford Chance to support the national reconciliation movement and is a strategic document that supports our business plan. It includes practical actions to drive contribution to reconciliation both internally and in the communities in which we operate.

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2021 EMpower Role Model Lists

UK

Partner Jennifer Mbaluto, Senior Associate Haafiz Suleman, Lawyer Ona Odili, Global Head of Litigation & Dispute Resolution Matthew Newick and UK Office Managing Partner Michael Bates made EMpoweer's Role Model Lissts (Ethnic Minority Executives, Ethnic Minority Future Leaders and Advocates).

These lists by INvolve celebrate Role Models in business who are driving the charge for inclusion.

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Lunar New Year

Global

To celebrate the Year of the Ox, the Australian REACH Committees across Perth and Sydney hosted Lunar New Year Luncheons.

With plenty of delicious food and copious amounts of decorations, the events were a huge success and had a fantastic turnout. It was wonderful to see so many people taking a moment out of their busy work day to show their support and connect with colleagues.  

Black History Month

United States

In honor of Black History Month, Clifford Chance's Black and Latino Subcommittee of the America's Diversity Committee is proud to present a virtual gallery showcasing the works of Black artists. This exhibition brings together the work of three visual artists and a collective who use varied media and subject matter to memorialize and celebrate individual and cultural histories, while the music of jazz vocalist Stephanie Crawford sets the backdrop for the visual works.

REACH CE launch

Continental Europe

We launched our REACH (Race Equality and Celebrating Heritage) network across our offices in Continental Europe with an event titled "Do you see me? – Visibility of diverse talent in the workplace".

Chaired by Mustapha Mourahib (Partner and Chair of REACH CE), and with the participation from Edouard Philippe (former Prime Minister of France), the event included a keynote speech from Chiara Corazza (Women's Forum for the Economy & Society) and an engaging panel discussion with Brimbelle Grandcolas (Disneyland Paris), Lydia Méziani (Nestlé) and Anthony Babkine (Diversidays), moderated by Christine Gärtner (Partner). The panel shared inspirational stories, their impressive routes to success, and advice with the audience.

NAIDOC Week

AUSTRALIA

NAIDOC Week is held annually in Australia to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year it was celebrated from 8-15 November 2020 this year and the theme for this year's celebration was "Always Was, Always Will Be". The theme recognised that First Nations people have occupied and cared for the Australian continent for over 65,000 years.

Our Australian offices celebrated by participating in a walking & talking on Country tour in Perth and a traditional Aboriginal art weaving workshop in Sydney.

REACH

Across our global network we have a range of committees focusing on ethnicity, culture, race and heritage that reflect the wide variety of people who make up our firm. These include the REACH (Race Equality and Celebrating Heritage) network; and the Black and Latino Committee, and the Asian and Pacific Islanders Committee in the US.

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