Dechert achieved Mansfield Rule 3.0 Plus Certification for the second consecutive year, as a result of our strong commitment to moving the needle on DEI.
Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are at the core of Dechert’s culture and business strategy. They shape the firm’s Personal Commitments and Guiding Principles. Our core values underscore our inclusive approach and embody our commitment to our work, clients and talent. With these principles in mind, we strive to:
Never have culture and values been more important. During 2020, the Black Lives Matter movement gave us the opportunity to live those values, take a stand, and strive to make a difference.
Dechert has publicly condemned the tragic and unconscionable deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless others. In response to Black Lives Matter Dechert quickly planned and implemented a comprehensive employee initiative to deepen our understanding of racism, anti-racist practices and ally-ship. The Stand Against Racism initiative includes a town hall and speaker series, virtual forums for Black employees, new resources to deepen our understanding of racism, and Juneteenth, a day to reflect and recharge.
We are proud to be consistently recognized as one of the world's best places to work, a champion of DEI and a model of social responsibility. We are currently the only law firm on Diversity Best Practice’s list of Leading Inclusion Index Companies and we have earned a perfect score of 100 in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index for the ninth consecutive year.
We believe that diversity, inclusion and collaboration is key to building extraordinary teams. We hire people with exceptional talents, abilities and potential, then create an environment where you can become the best version of yourself and thrive both professionally and personally. We are publicly recognized by external parties such as Fortune, Working Mother, National Association for Female Executives and the Human Rights Campaign for being a great place to work for DEI, women, LGBTQ+ and parents.
On Dechert's Days of Service, our offices come together to make an impact in our local communities. We focus on projects that strengthen our communities and make our cities better places for all residents.
Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion stems from the top. Our partners have been participating in quarterly, interactive sessions on inclusive leadership since 2018. Topics include: affinity bias, attribution bias, covering, in and out groups, priming, unconscious bias, and inclusive leadership in times of crisis. Interactive sessions include dramatizations that prompt conversations long after the programming ends. This program continues today, with the February 2021 session focused on actionable allyship. Inclusive leadership training has also been expanded to all associates and business service professionals.
Dechert holds a two-day Diversity Symposium for diverse associates, designed to help associates cultivate a wider professional and support network and to connect directly with firm leaders. By utilizing a 360° framework to explore career and life strategies for success and development, participants receive intensive exposure to advice, practical guidance, clients and inspiration, through lectures, workshops, networking and more.
Lunch and Learn Empowerment Series
The firm’s Lunch and Learn Empowerment Series provides an opportunity for diverse associates and counsel to share knowledge and skills gleamed from external workshops and professional development programs with diverse associates and counsel at Dechert. The sessions are held every two months and often include guest contributors from the partnership ranks.
The firm’s Sponsorship and Sustained Support (SASS) program, launched in 2015, is designed to help women associates navigate the path to partnership. SASS provides targeted individual and small group support, which includes general information sessions; skill-level appropriate training; individualized attention from Dechert partners; access to consultants and advisors; and networking opportunities. In the five years prior to its implementation, 18 percent of lawyers promoted to partner were women. In the five years since its implementation, 31 percent were women.
Dechert's LGBTQ Allies Program was developed to support our LGBTQ colleagues. Participation in the Dechert program is voluntary and open to everyone. Allies receive training and a decal identifying them as an ally in the office. The decal is displayed on office doors and serves as a visible show of support for our LGBTQ colleagues.
Building community within Dechert and with our clients is the key to success.
Andrew Wong, Chair
Alison Bernard, Chief Talent and Human Resources Officer
Regina Fico, Director, U.S. Human Resources
Satra Sampson-Arokium, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer
Dechert LLP is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunity and non discrimination. The firm prohibits unlawful discrimination in any term or condition of employment against any employee or applicant for employment because of the individual’s race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, disability, membership or service in the armed forces, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are proud of our organization and want every employee at the Firm to feel welcome with an equal opportunity to excel. Thank you for your interest in Dechert LLP.
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