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Diversity & Inclusion

People Make the Difference

Diversity and an Inclusive, Equitable Culture

Lazard is an intellectual capital business focused on delivering the best advice and solutions to clients. Achieving these objectives requires us to identify, develop and retain the best talent. A workforce comprised of people with varied backgrounds and experiences creates a rich diversity of thought that empowers us to challenge conventional wisdom, as diverse perspectives lead to better decisions.

Our appreciation of diversity’s strength is ingrained in our multi-cultural heritage. As a global firm that has grown organically from local roots in different countries, we have a deep tradition of respect for individual differences, which has been core to our success for more than 170 years.

The ongoing cultivation of diversity and an inclusive, equitable culture are essential to our continued growth. We are committed to sustaining an environment in which all employees – regardless of socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical abilities, veteran or military status – can bring their authentic selves to work and maximize their individual potential as well as our collective success.

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We cultivate a workplace culture where exceptional talent thrives. We promote diversity and inclusion, foster professional and personal development, and encourage our people to engage with the communities in which we live and work.

"As a firm that competes on the strength of ideas, our most important asset is our people. Our long-term success depends on our ability to attract, motivate and retain the most talented individuals, with a broad spectrum of diversity."

Our People Shape Our Culture

Our commitment starts at the executive level and it is a strategic management initiative to cultivate a workplace environment that attracts a diversity of perspectives and exceptional talent.

Encouraging an engaged workplace where employees feel connected allows them to thrive personally and professionally. We believe inclusion, diversity, equity and allyship is a business imperative. Diversity can help us understand our clients’ experiences and objectives, and even more importantly, we benefit from the power of cognitive diversity.

We are committed to increasing our diversity at all levels across the firm with an enhanced and more sustained and focused strategy. To ensure we achieve our overall goal, we have set the following aspirational targets to increase our global diversity by 2026:


Diversity at a Glance

We are proud of the rich cultural diversity of our people, and we continue to increase Lazard’s overall diversity.


of our independent directors are women


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2023 Financial Advisory Undergraduate Diversity Fellowship

The Lazard Undergraduate Diversity Fellowship for our U.S. Financial Advisory Summer Analyst Program was created to help under-represented groups in financial services consider a career in Investment Banking.


Lazard Foundation 2021 Impact Report

The Lazard Foundation uses the power, people and capital of Lazard to positively impact the communities where we work and live.

Read our 2021 Impact Report

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