May 11, 2022

Mayer Brown celebrates BASF expansion of Global Outside Counsel Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program


Frankfurt, Germany, May 11, 2022 – Mayer Brown is proud to support BASF’s Global Outside Counsel Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Program, which recently expanded to include global and regional firms in Asia Pacific, Europe/Middle East/Africa and South America. The Program takes a data-driven, scientific approach to increasing opportunities for women and lawyers from diverse backgrounds and underrepresented demographics. 

BASF’s initial DEI Program, launched in 2016, heralded a new approach in addressing DEI for the company’s outside counsel in North America. The company’s data-driven model has more than doubled the number of diverse relationship partners on BASF matters and increased the share of diverse representation in leadership positions at panel firms by 9%. 

Mayer Brown serves on BASF’s global panel and participates in its DEI Program, partnering with the company each year to complete the Global DEI Survey and leverage BASF’s Global Diversity Index to increase the number of diverse lawyers serving as relationship partners and/or working on BASF matters.

“Change of this magnitude is not possible without partnering with our valued and innovative law firms. I recognize with deep personal and professional gratitude the law firms committed to collaborating with BASF toward equity in the legal profession,” said Matt Lepore, Global General Counsel of BASF.

The Global Outside Counsel DEI Program was developed by BASF’s global Outside Counsel Management Team, headed by Global Head of Legal Operations Andreas Vosskamp (Germany) and Sneha Desai (US), under the project-lead of Clemens Hartmann, with Heike Weber, Svetlana Shelepina (all Germany) and Sarah Zhao (Hong Kong). BASF´s Global Outside Counsel DEI Program complements BASF Legal, Compliance & Insurance’s strong focus and efforts on DEI with a dedicated DEI group headed by Caroline Onyango-Dyregaard (Denmark).

Mayer Brown shares BASF’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion through its stated mission: “Our goal is to create and maintain a diverse, supportive and inclusive work environment where everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed and reach their full potential.” The firm is Mansfield Rule 4.0 certified in the US, and an inaugural signatory firm of Mansfield UK; rated for 11 consecutive years as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality by HRC Corporate Equality Index; named a Top Performer by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity; ranked among Top 5 for Diversity in Big Firms by Law360; and named a Top 10 firm for Diversity in The American Lawyer Diversity Scorecard.

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