Promoting LGBTQ+ inclusion
A&Out is Allen & Overy’s global network for our LGBTQ+ community, with over 100 members and 700 allies across the world.
Our LGBTQ+ allies programme was launched in 2016 and allows people across A&O to promote and support the equality of their LGBTQ+ colleagues.
A&O has been named by Stonewall – a leading organisation that campaigns for LGBTQ+ rights – as one of only 13 Top Global Employers creating inclusive workplaces. Now in its seventh year, Stonewall’s Top Global Employers Index is the definitive list of the best multinational employers for LGBTQ+ staff. We are also ranked in the top 100 of Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index 2018, a comprehensive audit of workplace culture for LGBTQ+ staff in the UK.
Corporate partner Jim Ford is Global Chair of A&Out. He has been named in the Financial Times’ OUTstanding list of 100 people who make the workplace more welcoming for LGBTQ+ individuals.
We have recently launched A&Out to our alumni around the world and, as well as supporting our own people, A&Out members network with clients, peers and others outside A&O. Many also come together to work on pro bono projects to end LGBTQ+ discrimination around the world.
I want to be clear that, regardless of where you are based at A&O, we want you to be yourself. Our LGBT+ colleagues should feel welcome, know that we value them, and be confident that they will not be excluded or held back in any way. This is not their responsibility, but all of ours
Wim Dejonghe, Senior Partner