Eversheds Sutherland has launched its first targets for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) colleagues to increase ethnic diversity in its UK teams.
The targets for all UK including partners is set at 14 percent by 2022 (currently 11.85 percent), while for UK partners the target is set at 10 percent by 2025 (currently 5.33 percent). In addition, Eversheds Sutherland has committed to voluntarily publish its ethnicity pay data alongside its gender pay report. This will commence in 2020. Lee Ranson, ceo, commented “We want Eversheds Sutherland to be a firm which reflects the world in which we live and work, and where opportunity is available to the many and not the few. Recognising the challenges often faced by the BAME community we are setting targets, as we have in other areas, to bring accountability and transparency to the success of our programme to build a more ethnically diverse workforce. We will continue to appoint the best people for all our roles but want to ensure we have removed any barriers which could discourage BAME candidates from applying or being successful.”
Naeema Choudry, partner and ethnicity network co-lead, commented “The introduction of targets supports Eversheds Sutherland’s commitment to create the right environment for BAME colleagues to develop their careers. By challenging our UK practice to focus on this important issue we hope to see real and meaningful change. Data from the SRA has shown the challenge that we face across the whole legal sector to be ethnically diverse. Each firm has an individual role to play but making a wholesale shift will require us to work together across the sector.”