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The responsibility falls on everyone to contribute to an inclusive culture and when each workplace function collaborates and has a defined role, we see greater overall impact on the ability of all to thrive.”

– Anna Brown, Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer

Part 1: Insights From Global Compliance Leaders

As diversity and inclusion (D&I) has risen to the forefront of corporate agendas globally, pressure for organizations to accelerate progress around this space has been further intensified by recent social movements, rising stakeholder pressure and the disproportionate impact that COVID-19 has had on communities of color and women.

But amid the imperative for change, disconnects between organizational functions and unclear roles in corporate D&I strategies threaten to hinder progress. Our Mind the Gap Series looks to explore the role that each function has in creating a culture of inclusion and how collaboration across leadership, HR, compliance and others will be key.

In the first iteration of this series, we examine the role that compliance leaders, in particular, have to play. This report, in collaboration with Howlett Brown, looks at the connection between diversity, inclusion and compliance and is based on key findings and insights from a survey of more than 600 compliance leaders.

In this report, we explore:

  • the compliance function as a critical component of D&I success
  • the four key gaps preventing greater connectivity between compliance teams and corporate D&I strategies
  • how organizations can strengthen their approach to D&I, support change and manage risk
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Yindi Gesinde is a senior associate and solicitor advocate in Baker McKenzie's Compliance and Investigations and Dispute Resolution Departments in London. Yindi's practice includes complex and high-value international and domestic commercial litigation for multinational clients, with particular expertise in anti-bribery and corruption investigations, compliance and trust litigation.

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Monica Kurnatowska is a partner in the Firm's London office. She focuses on employment law and has been recognised by Chambers UK as a leading lawyer in her field. Monica is a regular speaker at internal and external seminars and workshops, and has written for a number of external publications on bonus issues, atypical workers, TUPE and outsourcing.

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Anna Brown is the Director for Global Diversity in Baker McKenzie's New York office.

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Susan Eandi is the head of Baker McKenzie's Global Employment and Labor Law practice group for North America, and chair of the California Labor & Employment practice group. She speaks regularly for organizations including ACC, Bloomberg, and M&A Counsel. Susan has been published extensively in various external legal publications in addition to handbooks/magazines published by the Firm. Susan has been recognized as a leader in employment law by The Daily Journal, Legal 500, PLC and is a Chambers ranked attorney.

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Kurt Haegeman is a member of the steering committee of the Firm's Global Consumer Goods and Retail Industry Group, Global Cartel Task Force and European Competition Law Practice Group. He has published articles and spoken at conferences on a variety of EU competition law-related subjects, including leniency strategy, cartels and dawn raid defence, vertical restraints, e-commerce and competition compliance.

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Krissy Katzenstein is a partner in the Employment & Compensation Practice Group in Baker McKenzie’s New York office. Krissy represents employers in a wide range of employment disputes, with a focus on class and collective actions involving systemic discrimination as well as federal and state agency investigations of systemic discrimination and harassment claims. Krissy was named a “Rising Star” in Employment Law by Law360 in 2019.

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Joanna Ludlam is a partner in the Dispute Resolution team in Baker McKenzie's London office, where she leads the market-leading Regulatory, Public & Media law team and also co-leads the office's Compliance & Investigations Practice Group. At an international level, she co-chairs the Firm's Global Compliance & Investigations Steering Committee. In 2016, Joanna was named as one of The Lawyer’s “Hot 100” for her practice, and is recognised by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

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Jessica Nall is a Principal in Baker McKenzie's San Francisco office.

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Cecilia Pastor is a partner in Baker Mckenzie's Madrid office. She is highly knowledgeable in the areas of mergers, acquisitions and pharmaceutical law. She is a lecturer at ICADE on international agreements for the university’s Masters in Law degree program. Ms. Pastor is a regular contributor to the Spanish chapters of Promoting Medical Products in Europe & North America, Pharmaceutical Advertising, and other publications. She is a member of the Madrid Bar Association.

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Julia Wilson is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Employment & Compensation team in London. She advises senior legal and HR stakeholders on a range of employment and data protection matters. A member of the Firm's Pro Bono Committee, she plays a lead role in the Firm's pro bono relationship with Save the Children International. She also collaborates with Law Works to deliver employment law training to solicitors who provide pro bono advice to individuals. Julia regularly presents at external and internal client seminars on a range of topics, and is often quoted in mainstream media. She authored precedent policies for the UK's Practical Law Company and co-wrote the common concepts chapter of the Tolley's Discrimination Handbook.

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