Linklaters named as one of UK’s Best Employers for Race

Linklaters has been recognised for its leadership on race equality and inclusion in the workplace by being included in Business in the Community’s Best Employers for Race listing, published today.

Linklaters is one of 70 employers included in the 2018 listing, which recognises good practice on workplace race equality and inclusion and celebrates the public and private sector organisations making a difference in this area. The listing is unranked and is published in alphabetical order, and the successful organisations will be celebrated at an event in London this afternoon.

To be considered for the listing, employers must demonstrate that they are putting leadership on race in place within their organisation, creating inclusive workplace cultures and taking action on leadership, progression and/or recruitment. They must also show how their policies are positively impacting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) employees within their organisations.

Sandra Kerr OBE, race equality director at Business in the Community, said:

“Congratulations to Linklaters on being named in the Best Employers for Race 2018 listing. The firm as demonstrated their leadership and commitment to creating fair, diverse and inclusive workplaces that work for all employees, including those from BAME backgrounds. In a rapidly changing global business environment, it’s vital that organisations make the most of all the diverse talent available to them to successfully compete, and Linklaters is doing just that.

“I hope more employers will learn from their example, seize the moment to act on workplace race equality and following the example set out by the leading employers in this listing by signing up for Race at Work Charter launched earlier this month.”

Charlie Jacobs, Senior Partner and Chairman at Linklaters, said:

“Being a leader in diversity and inclusion is an integral part of our strategy of being best in class, winning in our chosen markets. We are delighted to be named as a UK best employer for race 2018 and this recognition is testament to our ongoing efforts to celebrate and promote diversity.  We continue to offer initiatives and schemes to support all our people while recognising that this is not about changing individuals but about driving change and building our culture. We are proud of what we have achieved so far and feel energised as we continue to listen and learn and build on our success so far.”

Business in the Community’s Best Employers for Race listing was first piloted in 2017 following a recommendation from the Government-backed McGregor-Smith Review of race in the workplace. The listing aims to ‘identify the best employers in terms of diversity’ and showcase organisations that are leading on workplace race equality. The Best Employers for Race listing also acts as the entry process for the Business in the Community Race Equality Awards, which are now in their 12th year.

The full list of Best Employers for Race and Race Equality Awards Winners and Highly Commended organisations are available via the Business in the Community Awards: http://race.bitc.org.uk.