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09 Feb 2017

Stephenson Harwood wins KPMG's Sustainable Procurement Award


Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has been named KPMG's Sustainable Supplier of the Year for its work and partnership with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust (the Trust). Stephenson Harwood was presented the award by KPMG’s managing partner, Philip Davidson, earlier this month at KPMG’s annual sustainable procurement celebration event.

KPMG looks to highlight best practice in sustainability among its suppliers, with a particular focus on environment, inclusion and diversity, and social mobility.

Since 2014, Stephenson Harwood has partnered with the Trust to develop, launch and run the 'Access to Professions: Law' programme. The scheme has now acted as the blueprint for the Trust's new, broader 'Career Pathway' programme, launched in January 2016, with funding secured in large part as a result of the Trust's work with Stephenson Harwood. The firm continues to play a key role in the wider Career Pathway programme.

"We are committed to supporting access to, and diversity within, the legal profession," said Sue Millar, commercial litigation partner and diversity champion at Stephenson Harwood. "Working with the Trust is central to our efforts in this regard; the Trust is passionate about tackling the inequality of opportunity faced by young BME people, and together we have been working to address issues with diversity in law. We are pleased to have had our work recognised by KPMG, and look forward to further building on our work with the Trust."

Alexander Thornton de Mauroy, an associate at Stephenson Harwood who coordinates the firm's work with the Trust, said: "The efforts of the Trust are vital in increasing the career aspirations of disadvantaged youngsters, who are currently underrepresented across various professions. We partner with them because we see the intrinsic value in what they're working to achieve, and because it's a value we share. To be recognised by KPMG, an organisation which is at the fore of tackling diversity and inclusion within professional services, is particularly encouraging."

“We were delighted to be able to recognise the exceptional work of Stephenson Harwood and the Trust on the Access to Law Programme,” said Christina Vasili, head of procurement at KPMG UK.  “While we have seen similar types of initiative elsewhere, we immediately recognised that this programme was different.  Impacting key choices at a younger age, maintaining contact with the young people over a longer period through one to one mentoring and providing on-going support if law is chosen at degree level.  The programme could demonstrate real, tangible and measurable results with a lasting impact.  A great example of collaboration and partnership which goes right to the heart KPMG’s values and the purpose behind our Sustainable Procurement Programme.”

Separately, in March 2016, Stephenson Harwood became the fourth organisation to receive the National Equality Standard, an accreditation developed in partnership with the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Home Office and the Confederation of British Industry.



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