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Gender

Inclusion & diversity

Improving the gender balance in our firm across all offices and at all levels of seniority is a top priority.

We continue to devise and implement targeted and tailored strategies that will deliver on our goal of an equality of opportunity, aspiration and experience.

Highlights

From client breakfasts, virtual events to book launches, here's how we're promoting gender equality at Clifford Chance.

Working towards a #SheCovery with the Women's Forum

Global

As a member of the Women's Forum, Clifford Chance attended its G20 Italy conference which aimed to promote dialogue between public and private international decision-makers, and develop concrete proposals and solutions under the theme of #Shecovery, envisioning women as key players in facing the new global challenges. 

Clifford Chance delegates, Global Managing Partner Matthew Layton and Ines Teixeira in the UK and Sindana Ulaganathan in Germany reflect on their key insights from the event.

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The role of women in managing climate change

UK

Clifford Chance (in association with our gender parity network, Accelerate>>>) hosted The Energy & Climate Change Institute, Queen Mary, University of London's annual lecture on climate change.

Clare invited Emma Howard Boyd, Chair, Environment Agency, to the stage to give a keynote speech. Clare and Emma were also joined by Claire Perry O'Neill, Managing Director for Climate and Energy at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, for an in-depth discussion around the key themes and developments shaping climate change with a special focus on the role of women as instigators of change, and the disproportionate impact of climate change on women.

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International Women's Day

Global

To celebrate International Women's Day 2021, Clifford Chance offices joined together to pledge our support for the #ChooseToChallenge campaign, which informs us that "a challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change". How do we challenge each other and ourselves to: change the rules, change the culture, change the lived experience, in line with our global inclusion strategy. Let's all choose to challenge, while celebrating women and campaigning for gender equality throughout the month of March.

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50 years of women in the Clifford Chance partnership

Global

In 2020 we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the firm’s first female partner in London, Rosalind Bax. In partnership with our gender parity group Accelerate>>>, we looked back and profiled a partner from each decade back to 1971.

Here partner Thais Garcia is interviewed by trainee Gemma Mills. Together they talk about Thais' experiences of practicing law in the Americas and Europe, how gender pay gap reporting can drive change within organisations, bringing more men into the conversation about accelerating gender equality within the firm, and much more.

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HERoes Top 100 Women Future Leaders 2021

UK

Senior associates Amy Bird and Anne Collins have been featured in INvolve's HERoes Top 100 Women Future Leaders 2021 list!

Paving the way for inclusion, this list celebrates Future Leaders who are creating workplaces where everyone can succeed and are setting future generations up for success through their incredible work.

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Tackling bullying and harassment in the legal industry

Global

Marianne Pezant, Clifford Chance Partner and member of the Paris Accelerate>>> and Arcus groups and Kieran Pender, Senior Legal Advisor at the International Bar Association (IBA), discuss the findings from the ‘Us Too?’ report and why it’s important to reduce the prevalence of bullying and harassment in the legal sector.

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Accelerate>>>

Our global gender parity group, Accelerate>>>, is committed to taking bold actions to accelerate the pace of change towards gender parity and drive forward an inclusive and diverse culture. It's about all of us contributing to a culture, where everybody has the opportunity to succeed.

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Accelerate>>>'s strategic pillars

  • Institutional Change: Increas​ing representation of women in senior positions and expanding inclusiveness
  • Knowledge: Raising awareness and understanding of Accelerate>>>, its strategy, and the importance of its aims
 
 
  • Connections: Networking, sponsorship and role models
  • Visibility: Increasing the visibility of women both internally and externally​

 
  • Pro Bono: Supporting women and the advancement of women's rights and parity through pro bono work and community outreach projects
  • Action by All: Creating change by engaging everyone across the Clifford Chance network and leveraging all of the firm's expertise, talent and resources

Advice to My Younger Self

Reflections of Succesful Women Lawyers profiles the professional journeys of some of our female partners, associates and alumnae around the world. The purpose of this project is to show younger women entering the legal profession the diversity of pathways to success as a woman in law, and also to share practical learnings and tips.

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Reporting library

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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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