Allen & Overy receives Bronze Award from Australian Workplace Equality Index recognising LGBTQ Inclusion
10 July 2020
Allen & Overy said today it was proud to have received the Bronze Award in the Small Employer category for the second consecutive year at the 2020 Australian LGBTQ Inclusion Awards.
The Bronze Award identifies Allen & Overy as one of Australia’s top employers for LGBTIQ inclusion, recognising the firm’s efforts to create an inclusive environment for LGBTIQ colleagues and clients, and to advocate for the broader LGBTIQ community.
The awards are based on the Australian Workplace Equality Index and the Health + Wellbeing Equality Index, which annually assess the inclusion initiatives of Australian workplaces.
“Our team at Allen & Overy is pleased to have secured the Bronze Award again this year,” said Michael Shepherd, Allen & Overy Partner and Australian Diversity & Inclusion Co-Leader.
“The criteria for the Awards become more rigorous each year, rightfully challenging workplaces to keep making progress in diversity and inclusion. The firm is committed to continually identifying new opportunities for action.”
“Law firms such as Allen & Overy have a responsibility to ensure that we are tackling bias and removing barriers for our LGBTIQ colleagues, recognising that creating a level playing field for all our staff is fundamental to maintaining a fair and equal workplace,” said Peter Wilkes, Allen & Overy Partner and Australian Diversity & Inclusion Co-Leader.
“I’d like to extend my congratulations and thanks to everyone in A&Out, our LGBTIQ network, for leading the charge to make A&O a welcoming, fair and inclusive place to work for our LGBTIQ colleagues and clients,” he added.
Relevant initiatives within Allen & Overy include Wear It Purple Day, a partnership with the Mardi Gras Film Festival, membership of Pride in Diversity (a not-for-profit LGBTIQ workplace inclusion program) and Interfirm (a professional services LGBTIQ networking association), and participation in the the Welcome Here Project (identifying safe and welcoming spaces for LGBTIQ communities).