Linklaters has been named in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2015, which lists the organisations that are leading on workplace gender equality. The unranked alphabetical list is published in partnership with Opportunity Now, the workplace gender campaign from Business in the Community, during Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Week.
Robert Elliot, Linklaters Chairman and Senior Partner, said: “To be included among Britain’s top employers for women is a great acknowledgement and reflection of our continuing efforts to develop a more diverse and inclusive workforce. The success of any people business rests in attracting, retaining and developing the very best talent which is why gender diversity is one of Linklaters’ global priorities, responding to what our people, our clients and society in general expect.”
Kathryn Nawrockyi, Opportunity Now Director, Business in the Community, said: “Congratulations to Linklaters on being included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2015. They have recognised that putting inclusive behaviours at the core of what they do and making gender equality a business priority not only benefits the women they employ, but also the organisation as a whole and the clients, customers and communities they serve. Their dedication and commitment to driving change should educate and inspire other employers to make a difference, whatever their size or sector.”
Emma Tucker, Deputy Editor, The Times, said: “The Times is proud to support Business in the Community’s campaign to improve women’s careers by publishing a special report, for the fifth year running, to celebrate the Top 50 Employers for Women.
“The supplement will bring to a wide audience the steps that these 50 organisations are making to create a fairer and better working environment for women and will also highlight the challenges still to be overcome in the wider workplace.”
Promoting talented women is one of the firm’s top priorities, and several initiatives are instrumental. For example, the Linklaters’ Women’s Leadership Programme, in association with Cranfield School of Management, provides a structured means of targeting those with the strongest potential as early as possible.
Additionally, Linklaters’ work with girls’ schools local to the firm’s London office, (‘Learn for Work’),which includes a literature programme and debating challenge, encourages girls’ working aspirations.
The Times Top 50 Employers for Women is free for any employer with a UK presence to enter and involves a comprehensive submission process, which is managed by Opportunity Now. All organisations within the Top 50 have demonstrated that gender equality is a key part of their business strategy, with consistent commitment to progressing women in the workplace that covers their entire organisation, not just isolated areas.
Organisations submit detailed information on their internal processes, as well as external activity that promotes gender equality, diversity and inclusion and create opportunities for women in a wider context. Each entry form is stringently marked against a framework of best practice and assessed anonymously by a team of gender diversity experts within Opportunity Now. The Times Top 50 Employers for Women is unranked, and organisations are listed in alphabetical order.
The full list of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2015 is available via the Opportunity Now website.
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