Chapman Tripp has been awarded the best gender diversity initiative for an Australasian firm in the 2013 Euromoney Australasia Women in Business Law Awards.
The award acknowledges the success of the firm's inclusive leadership programme which was rolled out to all partners, special counsel and senior associates during 2012.
Human resources director, Sarah Coleman, says that the programme aims to develop leaders who value and support diversity in their teams.
"It's about more than just gender, although that is an important component. We want our leaders to create a workplace in which diverse talent is fostered and diverse teams can operate to their maximum potential.
"We believe Chapman Tripp is the first law firm in New Zealand to make this considerable investment in inclusive leadership", she says.
In addition to winning this category, the firm was shortlisted for three other awards:
- best Australasian firm for women minority lawyers
- best Australasian firm for work-life balance, and
- best New Zealand firm for women in business law.
Wellington Corporate consultant Helen Bowie was shortlisted for an individual award in the TMT sector.
The Women in Business Law awards celebrate the achievements of women who are leading the field in the legal sector and of law firms which set the standard for gender diversity and equality across Australasia.