Baker McKenzie

Baker & McKenzie
Illinois
Legal

Corporate Bias Rating

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High Risk

Summary:

Baker McKenzie scored a 100 on the 2023 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. By complying with the HRC’s controversial demands, the company increases the risk of dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. Baker McKenzie provides a benefits package for employees which covers travel/lodging costs for an abortion and transgender medical procedures for covered employees and dependents, including children. The company introduced a Pregnancy Loss Policy that pays women after they have experienced pregnancy loss, including abortion. It also uses sex and gender ideology criteria in employee recruitment, vendor selection, marketing, and philanthropic support. Baker McKenzie forces employees to undergo multiple ideological trainings and uses its reputation, corporate funds, and political influence to support controversial sex and gender ideologies, organizations, and legislation. Backer McKenzie is Mansfield Certified and a member of the MCCA, indicating its support of DEI in its recruitment, retention, hiring, promotions, and leadership composition. Baker McKenzie is a partner of the Center for Reproductive Rights, building case law, advocating before policy makers, and engaging in litigation to challenge bans and restrictions on access to abortion. The company denounced various states’ legislative efforts to protect election integrity and security. The company is a part of the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance, committed to work on initiatives that fight “systemic racism”. Baker McKenzie's Global Chair Milton Cheng signed Catalyst's Champions for Change pledge, indicating its support of DEI in its leadership composition through the establishment of gender and racial targets. Baker McKenzie is a member of the Net Zero Lawyers Alliance, which aims to influence regulatory bodies and legal associations with net-zero emission and subsequent decarbonization goals. For these reasons, Baker McKenzie receives a High Risk rating.

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