Like everyone else in the legal industry, we face a diversity challenge. Many of Sweden’s most promising young lawyers apply to join the firm, and most of the best candidates are women. We therefore recruit more female lawyers than male and yet, historically, fewer female lawyers have become partners.
Inclusiveness is not merely quantitative gender equality or equal opportunities. The challenge is not just to find people who “fit in”, but to create a workplace and a culture that foster the potential of all our employees and encourage them to remain with the firm to an equal extent. This of course applies not just to gender, but to all aspects of diversity.
We cannot pat ourselves on the back and say we have achieved our goal, because we haven’t – not yet. What we can say is that we are working hard on this issue every day, in all parts of our business. Below are some examples of our approach to inclusiveness and diversity.