09 Sep 2019 | 10:00 am | 1 min. read
International law firm Pinsent Masons is the first law firm to sign up the initiative known as the "AXIS pledge" - which will provide a behavioural charter and see a gender balance commitment formalised in writing by the Directors of organisations within the Energy Sector.
The pledge has been developed by the AXIS committee, a group seeking to achieve gender parity across the Aberdeen Energy sector. Early signatories include a number of operating and service companies, including Aker Solutions, Atkins, Bilfinger, CNOOC, CNR International, EnQuest, The OGTC, Pinsent Masons, Repsol Sinopec, Shell, Spirit Energy, Stork, Subsea 7, TechnipFMC, Total, Wood and Worley. Other companies operating in the area are encouraged to sign up, and demonstrate their meaningful commitment to achieving gender balance.
The pledge asks signatory companies to analyse and understand any gender imbalance in their organisation, develop and follow a strategic plan to close this gap, incorporating suitable aspirational targets, and to communicate on progress with staff. The AXIS pledge is the first of its kind for the UK energy sector, and the AXIS Network will play a pivotal role in holding companies accountable to their commitments to create inclusive workplaces, where women and men can equally thrive.
David Isaac, Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP today joins the lunch event as a panellist, and says of the pledge, "Diverse and inclusive workforces all bring new skills, knowledge and creativity to businesses so they can become stronger and more resilient. In an industry that has typically struggled, this scheme is a significant step forward for the oil and gas sector to change the status quo and to deliver a more varied workforce. This is imperative to support the sector's huge transition to a net zero economy."
AXIS chair Karen Blanc says: "We are excited to launch the AXIS pledge today, and we believe it will allow companies operating in the area to commit to meaningful change. While the business case for more gender balanced teams is now well understood, the current pace of change to create work environments in which all humans can thrive lacks urgency. We will hold the pledge signatories accountable on their commitment and progress, encourage them to share with others on their progress, and seek to create a supportive and collaborative environment, to really up the pace on the shift towards a fully inclusive work environment in the area."
Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has appointed transport and infrastructure expert Miguel Nieto, as Finance and Projects partner in Madrid where he will focus on the growing transport and mobility market.
Pay gap reporting highlights the value and importance of our drive to promote diversity and inclusion. This year we have opted to report on our disability pay gap for the first time as we underscore our commitment to belonging and inclusion and strengthen our network groups to encourage and champion change for all of our people.
Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has advised global fund administrator Sanne Group on the first specialised depositary licence to be granted by the Central Bank of Ireland, further enhancing Sanne’s capabilities in Ireland and its multi-jurisdictional proposition for alternative fund managers.
Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has boosted its corporate capabilities by recruiting Johannesburg-based partner Chris Green.
Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has been appointed to the UK Government's new Trade Law Panel in an international consortium with BakerHostetler in the USA, and Fasken in Canada, to advise on international trade law disputes.
Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has won Belt and Road Deal of the Year and Overseas Deal of the Year awards for the firms work on the Red Sea Tourism Mega Project in Saudi Arabia and Mexico City's Subway Line Construction Project respectively.
For all media enquiries, including arranging an interview with one of our spokespeople, please contact the press office on