The Diversity and Inclusion of Chambers Brazil: Industries, Sectors and Regions
As the Chambers Brazil Guide continues its evolution in keeping with client demands, technology and sector developments, the inaugural Industries & Sectors and Regions guide provides more detailed insights on leading firms and individuals than ever before.
Increasingly, detailed coverage of such an influential jurisdiction enables us to continue our focus on diversity and inclusion through independent research and data analysis. Positive action implemented across our research teams includes updates to the submission document template to now include diversity statistics, while we also encourage a gender balanced split of partners and clients for our researchers to speak to. These changes increase our understanding of the demographics of practice areas, enabling us to better reflect the diversity of the profession.
Diversity across key jurisdictions and regions in Brazil
The Regions section of the guide includes many new tables that make it difficult to compare the gender balance of rankings to prior years. However, when comparing the 2021 Industries & Sectors rankings to 2020, we are delighted to announce that there has been a 3% increase in the percentage of women ranked, as a proportion of all rankings, from 23% to 26%. Similarly, the percentage of women ranked year-on-year grew by 32%, thus outstripping the increase in ranked men at 14%.
Significantly, the increasing pace of change is exemplified by the proportion of women ranked as ‘Up and coming’ and ‘Associate to watch’, which increased from 32% in 2020 to 44% in 2021. These results show a distinct upward trajectory as we see more women enter the profession but now also becoming partners and practice area leaders. These positive results highlight the increased diversity of the legal profession Brazil, while also showcasing the success of our efforts to ensure we reflect the true breadth of diversity in the sector.
Celebrating diversity and inclusion in the legal market across Brazil
In addition to our focus on the diversity of our rankings, we are delighted to announce details of the upcoming Chambers Diversity and Inclusion Awards: Latin America 2021. We are now open for submissions and have included a new category for Environment and Sustainability Program of the Year.
We have been delighted to see an increased focus on D&I and pro bono from many firms across Brazil and we will continue to raise awareness and share best practice for D&I and pro bono through events and digital content. Similarly, collaborating to collect and track D&I data is essential to making progress in this respect, and particularly for our rankings to reflect the breadth of talent in the legal profession across the globe. By working together on this vital movement, together we can achieve this goal.