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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance

People development, inclusion & wellbeing

Creating a safe, healthy and inclusive workplace

When people thrive, they are able to deliver their best to our clients, as colleagues and in their communities.

Diversity and inclusion, wellbeing and taking the time to really listen to our people are intrinsic to being a responsible business. They also underpin the key themes of our long-term people and talent strategy, which focuses on the continued modernisation of our Talent Acquisition; Talent Management; Career Progression; Learning and Leadership Development; and Compensation.

During FY23, we made positive progress with our people and talent strategy, continuing to modernise our approaches to talent globally and providing a better experience for our people. We have enhanced our capability in wellbeing and completed the first full-year cycle of Three Conversations, our framework to give all colleagues opportunities to discuss their individual performance, development, and career aspirations.

Wellbeing is an enabler for sustainable high performance, actively contributing to the quality of people’s working lives while simultaneously delivering enhanced service to our clients. Our global wellbeing strategy has been designed through listening to what matters most to our people and we are working hard on implementing the constituent parts. Our focus is on creating an environment where wellbeing is part of our everyday vocabulary and building sustainable, healthy practices into our ways of working. Clients are increasingly interested in the progress we’re making in this area, and we see collaboration with clients and the market as an opportunity for broader impact. 

Looking ahead, our FY24 KPIs include a focus on learning and leadership, highlighting our investment in developing our lawyers and business professionals with the skills and capabilities they need today and in the future. Inclusion will also remain a focus.

Progress highlights in FY22/23

Responsible Business reporting

Future Focus 

In FY23, our firm continued to focus on helping our clients navigate a complex legal and regulatory landscape and on advancing our own responsible business strategy. We did this with an eye towards the future, concentrating on areas critical to our sustainability and the challenges and opportunities we know our clients will face in the future.

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Wellbeing strategy enabled

Created the firm’s first global wellbeing strategy, focused on creating a thriving workplace through five enablers – visibility; authenticity; good work; capability, and ownership

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Case studies

Global Virtual Internships tap an appetite for learning

Our Risk and Resilience internship is designed to help future lawyers develop practical skills in key risk and resilience areas, including building a foundation and understanding of insurance and reinsurance, drafting and written communication skills, identifying and assessing ESG risk issues and exploring the variety of insurance and reinsurance policies available to cover climate-related risk.

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The rule of law and boardroom diversity

Business the world over is placing gender diversity higher up the agenda. It is an increasing demand from all stakeholders, from employees to customers – and is just good business; diverse boards are proven to be more innovative and profitable.

Read more from Floris van de Bult, Janice Goh and Amy Bird on how we advise clients on how best to navigate the regulatory patchwork.

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Our insights

The latest points of view from our people on our responsible business activities

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