Dechert Named to Diversity Best Practices Inclusion Index

July 24, 2018

NEW YORK, July 24, 2018 – Dechert LLP announced today its inclusion on 2018 Diversity Best Practices Inclusion Index. The second annual Index provides data and insight into how participating organizations fared in three areas: diversity and inclusion practices in recruitment, retention, and advancement; organizational culture; and demographic transparency. The Index is published by Diversity Best Practices (DBP), a division of Working Mother Media, and will be highlighted in the August/September issue of Working Mother magazine. 

Key findings from the 2018 Diversity Best Practices Inclusion Index are:

  • Recruitment: 75% of Index organizations require interview slates for job openings to have diverse applicants (compared with 58% of all participants). 93% of Index organizations train recruiters to ask culturally competent questions of diverse applications (compared with 75% of all participants).
  • Talent Development: 51% of Index organizations have succession planning at top levels aimed specifically at women, racial/ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQ people (compared with 31% of all participants). 
  • Company Culture: 78% of Index organizations provide special talent development programs for employees who become leaders of Employee Resource Groups (compared with 61% of all participants).
  • Accountability: 37% of Index organizations compensate managers for diversity and inclusion results (compared with 24% of all participants).

"Dechert has invested significant resources in our firm’s diversity and inclusion practices in recruitment, retention and advancement in an effort to exceed industry best practices. Our team is focused on strengthening diversity and inclusion culture around the world and we are transparent and enthusiastic about our efforts. We are honored to be included on the DBP Inclusion Index this year,” said Satra Sampson-Arokium, Dechert’s director of diversity & inclusion.  

The Inclusion Index Data Snapshot featuring highlights from the report can be found here. Completed applications were collected online from December 2017 to March 2018. Through research, benchmarking, publications and events, DBP offers members information and strategies on how to implement, grow, measure and create first-in-class diversity programs. 

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