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A call to Action for Racial Equality; One Year On

On 2 June 2020, Clifford Chance released a call to action for racial equality in response to the killing of George Floyd in the US.

This statement highlighted a number of the actions that the firm would be taking to address racial inequality including launching a Racial Justice Award, announcing partner targets for ethnicity in the UK and US, and consultations with our Black colleagues on how best to support staff members.

Whilst the conversations on race equality had been ongoing at Clifford Chance many years before June 2020, this was certainty a trigger point in accelerating discussions, projects and actions that needed to be taken.

A year on from our call to action for racial equality, we look at the work taking place around the organisation to further race equality, supporting our Black members of staff and educating those who are wanting to become better allies. The panel covered talking points on the work we are doing in the firm, with our clients and in the world including pro bono work, research into the experiences of ethnic minority people at the firm, the expansion of the REACH (Race Equality and Celebrating Heritage) networks globally, focus groups, leadership strategy and communications.

This event was an opportunity to reflect on the progress that has been made, and where we hope to continue our efforts.

This event featured speakers from Australia, UK, US and the global leadership and inclusion teams highlighting some key projects:

  • Jeroen Ouwehand, Global Senior Partner at Clifford Chance
  • Tiernan Brady, Global Director of Inclusion at Clifford Chance
  • Tegan Kelly, Clifford Chance Sydney – The Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan
  • Patrick Jackson, Clifford Chance Sao Paulo – prevention of voter suppression in the US
  • Alice Eady Ketchell, Bank of America and Sara Sayma, Clifford Chance London – Financial Literacy Curriculum with the London Black Women's Project