REPORT: Chambers D&I Asia-Pacific Diversity, Inclusion and Pro Bono Briefing 2020

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6 Mar 2020

Overview

As 2020 becomes a landmark year for Chambers and Partners introducing the first diversity, inclusion and pro bono research in the region, we are delighted to launch the Chambers D&I Asia-Pacific Diversity, Inclusion and Pro Bono Briefing 2020.

The briefing aims to provide best practice and actionable insights for creating a much more inclusive legal profession. It contains key case studies from Sony Pictures Networks Pvt. Ltd, Refinitiv and Samvād Partners on gender diversity in India and case studies from the Chambers D&I Asia -Pacific awards category winners from across the region.

The success stories in this report highlight the inclusion and pro bono trends in the Asia-Pacific region and provide the foundation for how organisations and firms can begin to create positive change.

We are publishing this report to highlight success and ensure that no law firm, company or individual feels isolated in their D&I journey. Whether you are improving gender diversity in India or socio-economic equality in New Zealand, there are other organisations on the same journey to collaborate with and share best practice.

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“Diversity is not an end goal but a means to a more inclusive, just and effective workplace. Diverse teams create better companies. Diversity and an inclusive culture help companies create a safe workplace. Diverse workplaces always help spark an individual’s creativity and empathy. Chambers and Partners play an important role in helping law firms, in-house legal teams and counsels’ chambers in furthering the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. As an advocate and diversity champion, I am very proud of the work that Chambers has undertaken in its D&I programme.”

Chambers Advisory Board Preeti Balwani


Preeti
Balwani
General Counsel
Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages
Chambers Diversity & Inclusion GC Advisory Board Member

Contributions

We would like to say a huge thank you to all the organisations that contributed to this report. 

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Methodology

As part of our inaugural Chambers D&I: Asia Pacific Awards, we received 65 private practice submissions and 24 in-house legal team submissions from the following countries:

  • Australia
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Pakistan
  • Singapore
  • Thailand

We engaged with the Asia Pacific regional market in the following areas:

  • Gender Diversity
  • LGBT+
  • Cultural Inclusivity
  • Social Mobility
  • Wellbeing
  • Allyship
  • Pro bono

We are encouraged to see firms of all sizes from across the region, share their dedicated policies and programmes. We also spoke to client referees who shared their thoughts on their law firms’ approach to inclusion and pro bono and this factored into the judging process for the awards. The awards were judged by the Chambers D&I team with additional insights from the Chambers Asia-Pacific editorial team.

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