RWK Goodman is pleased to announce the launch of two initiatives that aim to increase ethnic participation at the firm. The initiatives are part of the firm’s EDI Action Plan which is built up of a series of objectives which focus on embedding inclusion and diversity into areas such as early careers, recruitment, our clients and communities and management and leadership.
The first initiative is a partnership with Black Lawyers Matters, a mentoring programme which looks to increase the representation of Black people in the legal sector. To date, ten partners have signed up to the scheme and each one has been paired with a Black mentee. As well as providing personalised career support to the young mentees, the firm will benefit from engaging with a diverse talent pool as well as developing a greater understanding of the lived experiences of our mentees.
The second is a collaboration with 10,000 Black Interns Programme. This innovative programme seeks to improve workplace representation in the UK by offering 2,000 internships every year for five consecutive years across a range of industries. The firm’s London office is looking forward to welcoming its first three interns from the scheme this summer. As well as providing training and development opportunities for the interns, they will also have the opportunity to learn about what it’s like to work in a law firm, gain insight into RWK Goodman as a business, interact with trainees and learn more about the EDI commitment. The firm is proud to be a part of the 10,000 Black Interns journey to help provide opportunities to those individuals who might otherwise face barriers to entry.
Bharat Nahar, and head of the firm’s EDI Action Plan said:
“Driving equality, diversity and inclusion is an important part our culture at RWK Goodman. We are delighted to be involved with these two initiatives as they really focus on the importance of embedding a diverse culture into businesses and creating equal opportunities for all. Our participation will help increase our ethnic representation but also strengthen our talent pipeline and contribute to real positive change in the legal sector.”