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Clifford Chance

Gender

Inclusion and diversity

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 24% 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.

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.

Our diversity networks

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.