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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.


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

International Women's Day


On 8 March our offices across the world once again joined together with a month-long, global campaign of events and initiatives to champion equality and celebrate advocates for gender equality for International Women's Day.

Our campaign theme for this year is #BreakTheBias: taking affirmative action to interrupt biases which may prevent us realising our inclusion goals.

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Partnering for progress


"The associates of today are the partners of tomorrow, so it’s valuable for both sides to start building the relationships and networks early."

How can mentoring programmes contribute to diversity and inclusion? Bank of America mentors Shamir Malviya and Sarah Chiu discuss this with their mentee, Clifford Chance Singapore Associate Allison Tan.

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Championing health equity


We always try to make a positive, responsible and long-lasting impact through our community social responsibility projects in India and seek to contribute to building a just, fair, sustainable and prosperous society.

One of the key areas of our social responsibility programme is women’s empowerment, so on International Women’s Day, we launched the Menstrual Health Hygiene Project for adults and students at one of NGO Literacy India’s schools in New Delhi.

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Clifford Chance ranks number one overall in survey on the ratio of female employees at law firms in Japan


Clifford Chance has been ranked number one overall in a survey on the ratio of female employees at law firms in Japan.

Conducted by Innovation Platform for Business Legal, the results were announced at the end of 2021 and found that the firm's Tokyo office had a female to male ratio of 38.9% as of January 2021. This figure also represented an increase from last year, when the firm had 35%.

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Working towards a #SheCovery with the Women's Forum


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


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.



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

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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