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Diversity networks

Inclusion and diversity

As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusivity, we support our people in establishing diversity networks, which focus on the recruitment, retention and advancement of diverse employees.

Inclusion and diversity is not just a commercial imperative for the firm. It is also important to our people, many of whom are involved in internal diversity networks, such as Arcus, our global LGBT+ network, Accelerate>>>, our global gender parity group, and our ethnicity network.

All of our networks play an important and valued role in making the firm an inclusive and diverse place to work.

Arcus

Our global LGBT+ community. Derived from the Latin for rainbow, Arcus is a powerful symbol of inclusivity and diversity that seeks to promote a culture where employees feel comfortable about being open about their sexual orientation.

In September 2015, Global Managing Partner Matthew Layton helped launch the firm's Arcus Allies programme for employees who do not necessarily identify as LGBT+ but who wish to act as advocates for equal rights and fair treatment of LGBT+ colleagues.

Arcus runs many events throughout the year, most notably its series of Pride art exhibitions, which showcase the work of some of the best LGBT+ and supporter artists. We now host Arcus Pride art exhibitions in Amsterdam, Düsseldorf, Hong Kong, Milan, London, New York, Perth, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, and Washington DC.

You can find out more about our events and view the Arcus online gallery here.

Accelerate>>>

Our global gender parity group, 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. With this aim, Accelerate>>> focuses on five key strategy pillars: Institutional Change, Knowledge, Connections, Visibility and Action by All.

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This year, to mark the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 which paved the way for women to become lawyers for the first time in England, Accelerate>>> is proud to sponsor UK charity Spark 21’s First 100 Years, an ambitious video history project documenting the journey of women in the legal profession from 1919 to the present day.

The First 100 Years project also inspired us to reflect on our own history and bring together the voices of some of our own 'First Women', each of whom paved new paths, broke new ground and, in their own way, played an important role in shaping the future of our firm.

Read more about the project here.

Ethnic and cultural heritage

In the US, our Black and Latino Subcommittee and Asian and Pacific Islanders Subcommittee have both been established for over a decade. Our London BAME network was launched in 2016 and joins these other networks in providing support, networking opportunities, social events and a place to discuss and receive support in relation to specific challenges facing BAME employees, and provides a platform to raise awareness about these issues with colleagues more generally.

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Habib Motani, Partner and Global Head of our Derivatives practice and Chinwe Odimba-Chapman, Partner, were recognised in the 2018 EMpower List, for ethnic minority leaders.

Chinwe has also been listed on the Cranfield School of Management’s “50 women to watch” and our network co-chair, Roy Appiah, is a finalist in the Black British Business Awards.