In 2009 we became one of the first leading international law firms to establish a target to improve the gender balance of its partnership. We report on gender diversity throughout our global operations and are committed to gender equality.
One of Clifford Chance's key priorities is to improve the gender balance in our partnership, so that women make up at least 30%. While significant improvements have been made (28% of our partners in Asia Pacific and 22% of our partners in London are women), we are not yet where we want to be. We are making incremental progress towards our goal by focusing on seven key themes: policy, transparency, objectivity, education, mentoring, networking and role models.
Improving the gender balance of our leadership is a global effort. We run firm wide-training on gender diversity issues, including courses on unconscious bias and women in the firm.
We have women's networks in the Americas, Asia, Amsterdam, France, Italy and London, and many of our other offices are actively involved in gender networking initiatives, including client events.
In 2016, we signed a formal statement of support for the Women's Empowerment Principles, an initiative created by UN Women in collaboration with the UK Global Compact. The Women's Empowerment Principles are seven principles, which promote and guide corporate action in pursuit of gender equality. They encourage high-level corporate leadership on gender issues and transparent reporting on progress.
For more information about our commitment to improve gender diversity, please read our Responsible Business Reports, which can be downloaded on our reporting page.