Like our clients, we believe diversity and inclusion are the pathways to success and employee fulfillment. Diversity touches every aspect of our law firm, our practice and our modern world. We are committed to fostering diversity not only because it is the right thing to do, but also because maintaining a culture of inclusion aids our firm in attracting and retaining the best talent. Our firm also believes that including the diverse perspectives of attorneys from various backgrounds, including in leadership roles which directly impact the firm's progress in diversity and inclusion, is integral to delivering the best possible service to our clients.
While FordHarrison has only been implementing its diversity plan since 2006, we have made significant strides and are receiving recognition from professional organizations, clients and publications. The organizations and publications that have recently honored FordHarrison are listed below along with the awards we have received.
Our firm is committed to maintaining a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we operate. For this reason, we ensure that our firm and our lawyers are actively involved in promoting diversity in the legal profession. We have sponsored a number of events in our different office markets and are committed to programs that advance diverse attorneys into leadership positions.
In Cambodia, which has one of the lowest per capita incomes in the world, children in hundreds of rural villages have no access to education. In October 2012, the fundraising for the school was done - and then some. Instead of the $15,000 needed to fund the school, the firm raised more than $85,000. On January 3, 2013, FordHarrison officially opened the doors of The FordHarrison School.
It has always been our goal to groom and position diverse lawyers and staff in leadership roles throughout the firm. To that end, FordHarrison created two core leadership groups which are focused on identifying innovative ways to further engrain diversity into the fabric of our firm's culture.