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Hogan Lovells named BitC Best Employer for Race

01 November 2017

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London, 1 November 2017 – Hogan Lovells has been named by Business in the Community (BitC) as one of the UK's Best Employers for Race in a new listing published today.

The inaugural Best Employers for Race Listing, created in response to recommendations made in the McGregor-Smith Review of race in the workplace earlier this year, showcases best practice on race equality in UK workplaces. The List celebrates 65 public and private sector organisations who collectively represent the best employers for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people in the UK.

Organisations are recognised for creating inclusive workplace cultures and taking action in at least one of three areas - leadership, progression and recruitment. Key to winning a place on the list is the ability to demonstrate the impact of these policies on BAME employees.

Hogan Lovells recognises that diversity of thought creates better teams, and better teams mean better solutions for clients, many of whom also prioritise diversity within their own organisations. The firm is committed to attracting and retaining the best BAME talent and has a diversity policy and approach to talent management which encourages and allows talented individuals with different personalities, points of view, skills and approaches to the provision of legal services to collaborate in an environment of mutual support. Progress through a diverse range of outreach programmes is demonstrated by 33% of the firm's 2019 / 2020 trainees identifying as BAME.

In celebration of Black History Month in October, the London office Multicultural Network hosted Bill Knight's 'Where I Come From' photography exhibition featuring photos of children from a generation of migrants who came to Britain in search of a better life for themselves and their families. They also held a talk open to all staff with Courtenay Griffiths, QC, who shared his experience defending the former president of Liberia and the man behind blood diamonds, Charles Taylor.

Ruth Grant, Chair of Hogan Lovells Global Diversity & Inclusion Committee, said: 
"To be named by Business in the Community as one of the UK's Best Employers for Race is fantastic recognition of our progress in maintaining a diverse workplace and of our commitment to race equality within Hogan Lovells. We know there is more to do particularly in relation to retention and promotion and we are fully committed to taking the necessary steps throughout our firm in that regard as well as continuing our focus on the wider diversity agenda." 

Sandra Kerr OBE, Race Equality Director at Business in the Community, said: 
"Congratulations to Hogan Lovells on being named in the first ever Best Employers for Race listing. They are taking a comprehensive and strategic approach to tackling racial inequalities within their organisation and have shown their commitment and leadership on this issue. I hope more employers will follow their example of best practice and take part in the 2018 listing. If employers truly want their workplaces to reflect the clients, communities and customers they serve, the time to act is now."

Hogan Lovells is committed to diversity and inclusion in the UK and globally, as recognised extensively in the market this year by:
  • Recognition of two employees in the Financial Times OUTstanding lists 2017.
  • Awarded the National Equality Standard (NES) in 2017 in recognition of the work the firm has done to address issues of equality, diversity and inclusion in the UK.
  • Named as an employer leading the way in building flexible, family friendly UK workplaces in the annual UK Top 30 Employers for Working Families List 2017.
  • Recognition as one of the UK’s Top 50 Employers for Women by The Times for the sixth time in 2017
  • Winning Most Inclusive Firm at the MPF Awards 2017
  • Ranked 17th in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2017 Workplace Equality Index, the seventh consecutive year that Hogan Lovells has made the Top 100 list, and the fifth time it has reached the top 50
  • Ranked 26th in the first-ever Top 50 Social Mobility Employer Index in 2017
  • Partner and Chair of Hogan Lovells Global Diversity & Inclusion Committee Ruth Grant winning the Diversity Champion award at the Black Solicitors Network's UK Diversity Legal Awards 2016 and Woman Lawyer of the Year award at The Law Society Excellence Awards 2016.

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