One year on: Burges Salmon and the Bristol Women in Business Charter

The firm celebrates its first year as a signatory of Women in Business Community Interest Company’s Bristol Charter

01 October 2020

On the first anniversary of joining the Bristol Women in Business community, Burges Salmon is pleased to report significant progress on its journey towards achieving the goals of the Charter and establishing a gender equal workplace.

The Bristol Women in Business Charter aims to support businesses in the city and surrounding area that are working to achieve their full potential through recruiting and retaining a gender-balanced workforce, and that aspire to achieve gender equality and inclusivity for all women in business.

Launched in 2019, the organisation already works with 31 companies that have made the commitment to make progress towards one or more of the goals of the Charter.

Burges Salmon was one of the first signatories in 2019, recognising the value and importance of the Charter in promoting a gender equal workforce through the demonstration of a clear route to senior levels in the firm, parity of pay and recognition and a strong support network both internally and externally.

Since signing the Bristol Women in Business Charter, the firm has achieved some significant milestones. In 2019, 50 per cent of those promoted to partner and 76 per cent of those promoted across business services and secretarial roles were female; at the start of this year, Burges Salmon launched BBalanced, an employee-led gender network to raise awareness of and advance gender balance at the firm, and it also kicked off its flexible resourcing model, B-Flex, which enables people to work in ways to suit different lifestyles and career aspirations.

Commenting on the anniversary, Burges Salmon partner Liz Dunn, who sits on the firm’s Board and chairs its Diversity and Inclusion Group, says: “Joining the Women in Business community has helped us continue to develop our understanding of best practice and to measure our performance against specific goals in order to progress towards achieving gender equality and inclusivity at Burges Salmon.

“We’re looking forward to continuing our work with the Charter over the next 12 months, ensuring we are able to continue to attract, retain and motivate the best talent through our commitment to investing in women in our workplace.”

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