Linklaters has turn out to be the primary magic circle agency to undertake a “black hair code” geared toward defending the rights of employees with Afro hairstyles within the workplace.

Developed by the Halo Collective, the “Halo Code” champions the rights of people to put on Afro hairstyles within the office with out concern of being penalised. It seeks for organisations to acknowledge Afro-textured hair as part of black workers’ tradition and id.

The code asks organisations adopting it to stick to the assertion: “We’re a neighborhood constructed on an ethos of equality and respect the place hair texture and elegance don’t have any bearing on an worker’s potential to succeed.”

In a statement, Linklaters stated that it “explicitly protects (past statutory protections) its Black colleagues who come to work with pure hair and protecting hairstyles and is actively working to alter long-held perceptions of Black hair.”

The agency’s transfer to embed the Halo Code in its Gown Code coverage follows the launch of its race motion plan final October, an initiative to extend racial variety on the firm. Targets of the plan embrace establishing a black variety council to carry the agency to account on its progress in direction of fulfilling its commitments and guaranteeing that 35% of its UK trainees every year come from ethnic minority backgrounds.

Different companies have additionally been taking concrete steps in direction of enhancing racial variety of their organisations. Fellow magic circle agency Freshfields Brockhaus Deringer announced plans earlier this  month to double its variety of black associates by 2026.

Organisations which have adopted the Halo Code itself embrace Fladgate and Spire Barristers, international client items firm Unilever and retail corporations M&S and New Lok.