Inter-firm network identifies 5 key focuses for diversity

by Steve Randall12 Apr 2019

Recommendations have been published for law firms that want to show their support for multicultural and diversity in recruitment.

They come from the inter-firm diversity network NOTICED’s Best Practice Report which was launched at an event last week at Hogan Lovells in London.

The five key recommendations are:

  • Adopting or developing more robust and comprehensive strategies to gather data on BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) employees;
  • Continuing to evaluate recruitment processes to eliminate any obstacles to employment from the widest pool of talent;
  • Developing an action plan to better understand whether retention of employees from a BAME background is an issue;
  • Developing an action plan to counter attrition of employees from a BAME background to the extent that this is identified as an issue and;
  • Adopting aspirational targets in relation to the recruitment and retention of employees from a BAME background.

“This report represents an important step towards helping law firms to better understand the concerns of their BAME communities and to create a culture which is conducive to the success of everyone regardless of background,” said Hogan Lovells associate Atrayee Basu, a memner of the NOTICED steering committee. “We hope this report will inspire actions to improve BAME recruitment and retention across the City and beyond.”

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