Launch of employee network focused on race and ethnicity

Our new BAME employee network focused on race and ethnicity is one of a number of recommendations we are implementing to support this.

The new network, called Race & Ethnicity at Hogan Lovells (REAHL), is now open to members of the firm following its launch during Black History Month.

The launch follows the firm's decision to commission external HR consultancy, Caerus Executive, to explore how to increase progression and retention and promote a more inclusive culture for the firm's BAME people.

Alongside the recommendation to establish a network with a focus on race and ethnicity, other recommendations include focusing on developing 'race fluency' within the firm to enable more open conversations about race. The firm is also exploring ways to increase the visibility of BAME talent, particularly at senior levels, as well as undertaking a review of talent management and recruitment processes.

Michael Davison, Practice Group Leader for Litigation, Arbitration and Employment, will serve as REAHL's Executive Sponsor. Counsel Liam Naidoo and Senior Marketing Manager, Abena Poku have been appointed as co-chairs.

Michael Davison said: "The focus on improving BAME representation, progression and retention requires a different approach to other types of diversity. The launch of our REAHL network is an important first step towards tackling this issue in order to ensure that Hogan Lovells is a truly diverse and supportive place to work."

Frank Douglas, chief executive officer and founder of Caerus Executive, added: "The Caerus approach identifies specific barriers to retention and progression, as well as inclusion enablers. We do this through guided group conversations to provide comparison and perspective. For firms there can often be a lack of a clear and consistent narrative concerning why BAME recruitment, progression and retention are of strategic importance. Establishing this network is a stepping stone for Hogan Lovells towards enhancing an inclusive and diverse culture."

The REAHL network constitutes one of six active networks in the firm's UK offering. Current networks include LGBT+, gender equality, working families and a multicultural network. Open to all, they provide a forum for networking, business development and support understanding of the issues impacting our people on a daily basis.

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