BLP top-ranked law firm for social mobility
International Law Firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is the top-ranked law firm for improving social mobility in the workplace, according to the world’s first-ever Social Mobility Employer Index.
BLP ranked 8th out of nearly 100 employers across 17 sectors in the Index, a joint initiative between the Social Mobility Foundation and the Social Mobility Commission.
The aim of the Index is to encourage firms to share their initiatives and progress in becoming more inclusive employers and to reveal which sectors and companies are taking the issue of social mobility most seriously.
Among a number of Diversity & Inclusivity networks, BLP has a dedicated Social Inclusion Group led by Partner Tim Smith. The group focuses its social mobility efforts across a range of different areas including outreach to schools, work experience, mentoring and opportunities for school leavers.
Headline activities in the last financial year have included the last financial year include running a work experience programme for 25 16-17 year-olds from non-advantaged backgrounds in London and BLP’s apprenticeship scheme in Manchester, which is attracting talented school leavers to the profession.
Tim Smith, said: “Social mobility is an important strand of our drive to become a fully inclusive workplace. Diverse teams are more innovative and perform better. We are in the people business the broader the experiences and backgrounds of your staff you can present to clients and potential clients, the more clients we can relate to. They are looking for people who share their values, so I don’t understand why you would narrow focus and background.”
Notes to Editors:
BLP’s Inclusivity strategy, launched in 2015, has five areas of focus; Culture, Family, Gender Representation, Lesbian Gay, Bisexual & Transgender and Social Inclusion & Ethnicity. It’s important to BLP that whatever we do, we do it well and so the list was selectively chosen. Each of the five areas have a task-group and at least one Partner Champion who meet regularly to discuss relevant issues and push things forward with a variety of events and initiatives.