In this issue, Target pivots its legal diversity Strategy, Johns Hopkins University shares goals for improving DEI, a new study explores the slow pace of corporate DEI initiatives, ViacomCBS promotes of new DEI exec, and COLOR invites past AIA honorees to join the Winners Circle!
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Target Corp. plans to lower the number of outside law firms it uses and will examine efficiency, diversity, and risk tolerance in deciding which ones to cut, said Don Liu, the company’s chief legal and risk officer. “We have a goal for diverse lawyers—associates, diverse partners, female lawyers, female partners—in terms of the percentage of hours worked that are attributable to them,” Liu said. “If they’re way up, we’ll engage.”
On Nov. 18, Johns Hopkins University today renewed its commitment of making the university a more diverse equitable, and inclusive place through the release of a draft version of its Second Roadmap for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The school claimed that “Collectively, the Roadmap’s 24 goals reflect a continued focus on diversity in the broadest sense, across a full spectrum of underrepresented groups, including racial, ethnic and religious groups, people from the LGBTQ+ community, women, Native American and Indigenous peoples, and people with disabilities.” Faculty, staff, students, and other affiliates have been invited to share feedback.
A new study which surveyed 900 employment leaders in global organizations across EMEA, Asia Pacific and the U.S. from Chicago-based multinational law firm Baker McKenzie, revealed that organizations are still sidetracked by raising awareness of diversity and inclusion rather than taking meaningful steps to address it. Based on this data, researchers with Baker McKenzie speculate that it could take many more years before increased diversity of executive boards and workforces as a whole become a top priority internationally. A partner from the firm revealed “without a clear overarching strategy … combined with appropriate funding directed to the areas of greatest need, diverse leadership and robust measurement, it is difficult to make real progress.”
ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) has promoted Fathima Beckmann to Vice President of Global Inclusion. Beckmann will be responsible for leading a global team in driving diversity and inclusion strategies for the group.
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Have You or Your Company Been Honored at The All-Inclusive Awards?
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COLOR’s Winners Circle is a special online publication featuring past award honorees, winners and finalists showcasing their accomplishments since receiving their awards. To participate, we ask that you complete a simple questionnaire updating us on “where you are now.” Our editor will utilize this information to create your custom profile in this special publication.