Slaughter and May named as one of the UK’s Best Employers for Race

Listing highlights best practice on workplace race equality and inclusion

Slaughter and May has been named by Business in the Community, the Prince’s responsible business network, in the first ever Best Employers for Race listing.

Creating a Best Employers for Race list was one of the recommendations made in the McGregor-Smith Review of race in the workplace earlier this year to showcase best practice on race equality in UK workplaces. 

The listing is unranked and includes 65 public and private sector organisations listed in alphabetical order who collectively represent the best employers for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people in the UK.

Successful organisations had to evidence that they are putting leadership on race into place within their organisations, creating inclusive workplace cultures and taking action in at least one of three areas - leadership, progression and recruitment. They also had to be able to demonstrate the impact of these policies on BAME employees.

Sarah Lee, partner at Slaughter and May, said: “We are honoured and delighted to be included in the inaugural Best Employers for Race listing. At Slaughter and May diversity and inclusion is an integral part of our firm and runs through everything we do.  We want to develop a broader diverse pipeline of lawyers at all levels within the firm and BAME inclusion is an important strand of our D&I strategy.”

Sandra Kerr OBE, Race Equality Director at Business in the Community, said: “Congratulations to Slaughter and May on being named in the first ever Best Employers for Race listing. They are taking a comprehensive and strategic approach to tackling racial inequalities within their organisation and have shown their commitment and leadership on this issue.”

The announcement of the Best Employers for Race 2017 follows the firm being awarded the ‘Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion’ award at the Law Society’s Excellence Awards last month.  The award showcases successful and innovative examples of best practice in the promotion of diversity, inclusion and social mobility.  The firm was specifically acknowledged for their work on BAME inclusion. 

The full list of the Best Employers for Race 2017 is available via the Business in the Community website:

About Business in the Community

Business in the Community, The Prince’s Responsible Business Network, is a business-led charity committed to shaping a new contract between business and society.

The Race Equality Campaign at Business in the Community is committed to empowering employers to accelerate change for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) employees in the workplace.