30 May 2017 | 02:36 pm | 1 min. read
International law firm Pinsent Masons won Diversity Innovation at the Legal Week Innovation Awards 2017.
The firm secured first place following the success of its gender balance initiative, Project Sky. The programme aims to improve gender balance in the firm's partnership and senior leadership team by removing any barriers to the progression of women to the highest levels within the business.
Head of Employment and Reward at Pinsent Masons and leader of Project Sky, Linda Jones, said: "By systematically tackling the obstacles to progression that women face, the firm has developed a more inclusive working environment for all of its staff.
"The initiative has grown from strength to strength and the level of engagement it's garnered across the entire business demonstrates the value that tackling gender imbalance head on can have to an organisation."
The project will ensure that Pinsent Masons continues improves the balance of male and female representation in its partnership while making certain the firm's policies and working practices encourage and support talent across the entire business irrespective of gender.
In May, Pinsent Masons announced its partner promotions for 2017 with women making up 68% of the individuals promoted. The firm beat its target of achieving 25% female representation among its partnership by 2018 a year ahead of schedule.
In the past two years, more than a third of the firm's partner promotions have comprised women.
Furthermore, board female representation is now at 44% with four women taking up posts on the board compared to one in 2013.
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