Hogan Lovells named in Top 50 of first-ever Social Mobility Employer Index

London, 21 June 2017 – Hogan Lovells has been ranked 26th in the first-ever Top 50 Social Mobility Employer Index, a joint initiative between the Social Mobility Foundation and the Social Mobility Commission, in partnership with The City of London Corporation.

The Index ranks Britain's employers based on actions they are taking to ensure they are open and accessible to talent from all backgrounds. Research has shown that employers disproportionately employ candidates from more affluent backgrounds and elite universities. The aim of the Index is to acknowledge firms that have practice inclusivity, and to share the initiatives or programmes that have helped to improve social mobility in the workplace.

Firms from across the UK – collectively representing 17 business sectors and over 1 million employees – submitted entries regarding their practices and procedures in areas such as work with young people, recruitment, selection, and promotion. A panel of experts decided the final rankings. 

Commenting on the firm’s place in the Top 50, Hogan Lovells Chair Nicholas Cheffings said: 

"Increased social mobility is one of the cornerstones of any successful nation, and the same applies in business. We are proud of the work we have done, and continue to do, in opening up the legal profession to candidates from all socio-economic backgrounds. We continually stress the importance of this work internally and encourage our people to push hiring boundaries, making Hogan Lovells an inclusive environment where our people can bring their whole selves and their different experiences to work. This accolade is well deserved acknowledgment of all of the people at Hogan Lovells who work so hard to improve our diversity, but there remains more to do – and we are determined to do it."

David Johnson, chief executive of the Social Mobility Foundation, said: 

"All the Top 50 firms in the Social Mobility Employer Index should be applauded for the progress they are making towards ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to get in and get on – regardless of their background. They should be congratulated both for having prioritised social mobility and for being prepared to have their processes and practices independently scrutinised."

For further information about the Index, please visit http://www.socialmobility.org.uk/index/

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