I, Matt Cooper, personally commit to the following:
- Committed to leading a culture where everyone feels valued, heard, and treated fairly regardless of background or beliefs.
- Actively participating in LCLD leadership meetings, including Harvard Law School’s diversity summit and the LCLD annual leadership conference.
- Speaking on diversity panels, such as for the Corporate Pro Bono Institute and McGuireWoods’ “Leading in Color”
- Personally mentoring members of Advancing Black Leaders and similar development programs at Capital One.
- Serving on the steering committee of Capital One’s CORE (Capital One Racial Equity) group, tasked with executing on Capital One’s racial equity initiatives.
- Serving as Executive Sponsor for Capital One’s OutFront Business Resource Group for LGBTQ+ associates.
- We will participate in industry diversity expansion efforts, including:
- Sponsoring diversity pipeline initiatives assisting college students from underrepresented groups prepare for Law School
- Sponsoring at least three (3) LCLD Summer Interns (who split time with us and our Preferred Provider Network (PPN) law firms);
- Leading targeted community pro bono initiatives (e.g., StreetLaw) designed to channel BIPOC students into the legal profession.
- We will develop our diverse associates, including
- Sponsoring two (2) LCLD Fellows annually.
- Fully funding our Diversity Inclusion and Belonging (DIB) Committee to continue to drive initiatives that create the space for difficult conversations, training and other programming designed to improve inclusion.
- Sponsor our associates to participate in numerous internal and external diversity-based development programs.
- As one of the first signatories to ABA Resolution 113 (which calls for the consideration of diversity as a factor in hiring outside counsel), Capital One is committed to only working with diversity-committed law firms.
- Capital One gives the majority of work to its PPN and we are including within our PPN only law firms that complete and submit the ABA Model Diversity Survey and show a sufficient commitment to diversity and inclusion, including through the following metrics: (1) number of diverse firm attorneys; (2) number of diverse firm equity partners; (3) number of diverse attorneys in firm leadership; and (4) amount of diverse attorney representation on Capital One matters.
- This is a non-negotiable matter of “pass/fail” for Capital One, with a one-year probationary period for lacking firms.
- Law firms that do not share our commitment to diversity cannot be within our PPN, period. It is not acceptable for PPN firms to “pay a non-diversity tax” by accepting less money from us despite a poor commitment to diversity and inclusion.
- Driving inclusions and equity in the Legal Department, including:
- Requiring executive completion of 30-hour racial equity curriculum, specifically created for Capital One.
- Continuing roll-out of NeuroLeadership Institute unconscious bias and belonging training curriculum
- Using Bias Ambassadors within our talent and performance management processes to fight unconscious bias in our selection processes
- Requiring that 100% of posted roles have diverse slates
- Requiring 100% completion of racial equity training for all executives within the Legal Department
- Requiring 100% usage of bias ambassadors within our talent and performance management processes.
- Pursuing goal of 100% inclusion and belonging scores across the Legal Department