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    09-10-2019

    Eversheds Sutherland is ranked a Top 75 employer for social mobility

    Eversheds Sutherland has been ranked as one of the Top 75 employers in the Social Mobility Employer Index 2019.

    The top 75 UK employers, who have taken the most action to improve social mobility in the workplace, are announced in what is believed to be the world’s only Social Mobility Employer Index.

    The Index is the creation of the Social Mobility Foundation and ranks Britain’s employers on the actions they are taking to ensure they are open to accessing and progressing talent from all class backgrounds.

    Employers are assessed on everything from the work they do with young people and their apprenticeships, through to their recruitment and selection processes and how people from lower income backgrounds progress up the ladder within their organisations.

    Eversheds Sutherland has been ranked in the Index for the commendable work it has taken to tackle this and enable those from lower socio-economic backgrounds to succeed. Measures taken by the company to improve social mobility include its work with young people, routes into the business, attraction to graduate recruits, data collection and advocacy.

    Lorraine Kilborn, HR Director (International) at Eversheds Sutherland commented:

    “Retaining our place in the Social Mobility Index reflects our work in creating a diverse and inclusive culture, finding the best talent through initiatives such as our Unlocked programme. Unlocked supports students, who may not have previously had access to a career in law, in successfully completing a law degree and becoming trainees and solicitors in our business, where they will have access to ongoing mentoring from partners and associates. We are proud to have again  been recognised as an employer that is committed to developing its people and communities.” 

    David Johnston OBE, chief executive of the Social Mobility Foundation, said:

    “We are delighted to see more and more employers every year taking part in our Social Mobility Employer Index. The quality of submissions this year meant we have increased the size of our Top list from 50 to 75 and it shows the very wide range of organisations trying to make progress on social mobility. Whilst no employer would say they have cracked their social mobility challenge, all of the employers in the Top list – along with those that didn’t quite make it – should be congratulated for the efforts they’re making to ensure their organisation is open to talent from all class backgrounds.”

    The Rt Hon Alan Milburn, chair of the Social Mobility Foundation, added:

    "Social mobility is becoming a cause for more and more of our country's top employers. When politics is weak, society needs to be strong - so it is welcome a growing number of employers are stepping up to the plate. They recognise the need to open their doors to a wider pool of talent both to address growing public concerns about unfairness and to reap the business benefits from having more diverse workforces. The onus is now on all of our country's top employers to do the same."

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