Diversity and Inclusion at Clayton Utz

Our people come from a wide range of backgrounds and have different skills, interests, personalities and capabilities. We are committed to an inclusive culture in which all of our people are recognised for their unique contributions and are encouraged and supported to achieve their full potential.

Diversity at Clayton Utz includes diversity of thought, background, experience, personal circumstances, education, religion, sexuality, gender, age, cultural background and ability/disability. That diversity helps to generate new ideas, creates more effective teams and relationships, and is a key enabler to attract, develop and retain the very best people.

Diversity and inclusion is integral to our culture which is founded on the values of trust, respect and co-operation.  We are a proud member of the Diversity Council of Australia.

Our Diversity Council

The Clayton Utz Diversity Council sets the firm's diversity and inclusion strategy and develops initiatives to give priority to diversity in the workplace. Our Chief Executive Partner leads the Diversity Council which is also supported by our Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Alison Woolsey.

Gender equality

A key focus of our diversity initiatives is to make Clayton Utz an environment in which women have every opportunity to succeed.

In recognition of our continued commitment to gender equality, Clayton Utz was named on the 2018/19  Workplace Gender Equality Agency's list of Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation-holders. This was the fifth consecutive year for the firm and we are one of only 141 organisations to be awarded the citation. It recognises market-leading employers that are demonstrating an active commitment to removing any structural and cultural barriers to equal opportunity for women in their workplaces.

Cultural diversity

We want Clayton Utz to be a culturally sophisticated firm that maximises domestic and regional business benefits through outstanding cultural intelligence.  We're talking with thought leaders around cultural diversity, gathering and reporting data on cultural diversity and focusing on professional development for cultural diversity and inclusive leadership.  We are proud to be an active member of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association and in March 2017 we committed to the Managing Partners (of large law firms) Cultural Diversity Charter.

Flexibility

Flexibility is an absolute priority for diversity and inclusion at Clayton Utz and a significant proportion of our workforce work under formal and informal flexible arrangements. Our flexible work policy is intended to support mainstreaming flexibility across the firm to attract and retain the best talent. Flexible work is not simply about part-time work and is vital for our employees to be able to balance their unique and changing needs during different life and career stages.

LGBTIQ inclusion

Clayton Utz is a member of Pride in Diversity (the Australian employer support program). Integral to our diversity and inclusion strategy is our LGBTIQ program which focuses on such things as fostering an LGBTIQ-inclusive culture within the firm, connecting with the broader LGBTIQ community, developing internal policies, training and education. Our efforts have made a huge impact on the firm and our people. We are proud to be a 2017, 2018 and 2019 AWEI "Gold Employer".  This is a testament to our dedication, drive and vision of an LGBTIQ-inclusive workplace. 

Momentum

Momentum is our diversity & inclusion network and activity program. It has evolved from being focused on gender to embracing all diversity streams, celebrating both difference and commonality.  It's about nurturing an inclusive environment for our people that will maximise their opportunities for business success and career satisfaction.

 

If you would like a word version of  the Accessibility & Inclusion Plan, you can download here.  

You can email us at Clayton Utz Diversity and Inclusion with any queries you may have. 

Images of organisations we support - Pride in Diversity, Women on Boards, Breast Friendly Workplace, AWEI Gold Employer, Diversity Council of Australia, Women in Banking and Finance, WGEA Employer of Choice, Australian Network Disability

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