DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
CMS UK’S FOCUS ON DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
2016 – 2017 was another great year of celebrating diversity and inclusion at CMS UK.
CMS continues its high profile work with the 30% Club and its commitment to enhancing women’s careers. Internally our Women’s Network greatly expanded, growing across our five UK offices and as far as Bucharest and Dubai.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, CMS joined forces with Nabarro to support Olswang’s annual event aiming at inspiring young female students from disadvantaged communities in London.
The Women Partner Group enjoyed their annual gathering in Prague celebrating these achievements and discussed opportunities to work even more closely together in the future.
CMS was listed again in The Times’ Top 50 Employers for Women and ranked 31 (rising 49 places) in Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers Index. Our LGBT Network was also ranked as a ‘highly commended network group’.
CMS has been the pro bono legal adviser for Pride in London since 2013. In February, over 180 guests attended CMS’s event, LGBT rights: a changing landscape?, to mark LGBT History month.
Our seven Diversity Networks work closely together and often host joint events as the same challenges might be relevant to different groups. For example our ENABLE network (which focuses on issues associated with disabilities) hosted a full programme of events with other networks to engage our colleagues on a range of issues such as mindfulness, living with depression and providing support for carers.
Our Bursary Scheme financially supports inner city students from disadvantaged backgrounds throughout university, contributing to social mobility and inclusion. The scheme has been a huge success to date with past candidates now looking for training contracts or being offered a place at King’s College, Cambridge.