Mayer Brown has tried to demonstrate its diversity credentials by sharing pictures of a partner posing with a bag of vegetables.
Photos accompanying the US firm’s post on LinkedIn depicted Tom Kollar, a corporate partner, packing a cloth bag with celery, oranges, peppers, corn, a bottle of Newman’s Own and an aubergine.
Maybe he’ll push the boat out and get his own pipe and slippers this evening.
“It’s about making time for family”, the post claimed. “Caught Tom Kollar, partner at our corporate team and chairman of our Hong Kong Family Network, test-running our custom made Family Network tote bags and doing a bit of grocery shopping to kickstart diversity month at Mayer Brown!”
Mayer Brown’s play for diversity credibility was hampered somewhat by the lack of any discernible connection between a partner with a branded bag of veg and the concept of diversity.
The impression that Mayer Brown was paying lip service to progressive ideas was not helped by the addition of the hashtags, “#familynetwork”, and “#environmentallyfriendly”, which suggested that Kollar + veg was supposed to prove the firm was also serious about climate change and work/life balance.
"I was impressed to see a large US firm taking great leaps in diversity this week", said a source. "I've always appreciated when professional men take diversity seriously and hope Tom's wife appreciated this gallant effort. I might just send my own husband out to get the dinner in tonight to celebrate".
In Mayer Brown's defence, its lawyers told the RollOnFriday Firm of the Year 2020 survey that they generally rated its stance on work/life balance highly. "Work programs for working parents are in place", they said, and while "hours can be long" there was "great emphasis on days in lieu and making sure we take our holidays". And now there's a partner who'll nip out and buy you corn.
Mayer Brown did not respond to a request for comment and a squash.