Diversity

Corrs recognises the value and importance of diversity in the workplace and is strongly committed to creating a high performance and inclusive culture that fosters, supports and celebrates diversity.

Corrs’ Diversity Policy is compliant with ASX Corporate Governance guidelines. Although the firm is not publicly listed, Corrs emulates the requirements of its ASX listed clients. Corrs was the first national law firm in Australia to have made this commitment. 

The Policy has three main objectives aimed at further integrating diversity into the way the firm does business:

  1. Increasing gender diversity in senior management and partnership roles.
  2. Creating flexible career paths for all Corrs people.
  3. Celebrating, supporting and including the diverse range of people at Corrs and in the broader community, through concrete initiatives – including regarding Indigenous peoples (supported by a documented Innovate RAP), LGBTI people (supported by an LGBTI Network and inclusiveness plan), people with disabilities, and people of all ages, cultures and ethnicities.

A core goal is to support and retain our female talent and remove barriers to their progression to senior positions, including partnership. Our Diversity Strategy, launched in October 2011 by Elizabeth Broderick, the Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner, includes innovative policies, programs and initiatives to drive real change.

We are currently a WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality and have been an EOWA Employer of Choice for Women for seven years from 2007-2013. We have also received external recognition for our diversity progress.

The firm enhanced its reconciliation efforts by formally launching an Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan 2014-2016 (RAP) in November 2014. We are a member of Supply Nation and will build upon our strong history of activities and key partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Corrs is a proud member of Pride in Diversity (PID), Australia’s leading organisation designed specifically to improve inclusion and equality of LGBTI employees in the workplace. Our LGBTI@Corrs Network aims to not only support the inclusion of our LGBTI people but also to better engage with the LGBTI community. It is for all Corrs people, whether they identify as LGBTI or are a supporter of inclusion-a friend and ally – everyone is welcome.

Corrs is also a supportive member of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association (AALA), which promotes Asian cultural diversity in the Australian legal profession.

Corrs Partner and CEO John W.H. Denton AO states that "the firm’s success relies on attracting and retaining talented people - both women and men - with diverse ideas, backgrounds and experiences, and providing a supportive culture that enables them to contribute fully and to thrive. My commitment and the firm’s commitment to diversity, including gender equality, is essential to a healthy firm. It is the essence of a world class law firm."

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