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A&O ranked by Stonewall as a top 100 employer for the LGBT+ community

17 April 2018

​A&O has been recognised as one of the best performing employers in the UK for LGBT+ staff in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index 2018 – an annual audit of workplace culture for lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT+) people.

Now in its fourteenth year, the Workplace Equality Index is a powerful and comprehensive benchmarking tool that recognises the efforts of leading organisations to create inclusive workplaces.

“To be recognised in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index is a tremendous achievement for A&O,” says Jim Ford, partner and Global Chair of A&Out – A&O’s LGBT+ network. “It shows how far we’ve come since we announced LGBT+ equality as a main focus of our diversity and inclusion programme.

“A&Out has now grown to over 100 members and 700 allies around the world. The number of LGBT+ events and activities being held across our network, including those with our clients, has increased too.

“We’re also strengthening our contribution to LGBT+ equality on a global scale through our pro bono work, advising on issues such as disregarding schemes for historical gay sex offences and inequalities in immigration law."

Darren Towers, Executive Director at Stonewall, said: “Allen & Overy and all those who have made this year’s Top 100 Employers list have done a fantastic job. Taking part in our Index shows real commitment to understanding and advancing LGBT equality.

“This year, for the first time, the Index looked at what employers were doing for trans equality in the workplace. This work is crucial. We recently published an ‘LGBT in Britain: Trans Report’, which revealed the profound inequality facing trans people in Britain today. Half of trans people have hidden their identity at work for fear of discrimination. This must change and it’s encouraging to see so many organisations make a commitment to trans equality. With their support and hard work we can create a world where all lesbian, gay, bi and trans employees are welcomed and accepted without exception.”

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