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A&O signs Mindful Business Charter to foster better working practices for mental health and wellbeing

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14 May 2020

Allen & Overy has signed the Mindful Business Charter, joining a wide range of businesses and law firms in a collective commitment to promote healthier and more effective ways of working.

The Charter, originally launched by Barclays and two law firms, is a collaboration between clients and service providers to promote good mental health and wellbeing and drive change in working practices.

At an event today, A&O will pledge its commitment to a set of principles centred on wellness through openness and respect, improved communication and mindful delegation.

The Mindful Business Charter aims to promote a culture of openness about mental wellbeing, ensure responsible business is included as an area of assessment during significant procurement processes and drive forward the actions and necessary change in support of the principles of the Charter.

Christian Saunders, A&O's mental health partner, comments: "Signing the Charter formally signals our ongoing commitment to promoting the mental health of all our people. Mental health and wellbeing is a priority for us at A&O and signing the Charter is an important step for us in making sure that everyone is and feels supported in their working life at the firm.  The current global crisis, which has introduced new pressures to the working and home lives of us all, makes this commitment more important than ever before."

Speaking on behalf of the founding group, Philip Aiken, Managing Director at Barclays said: "A&O's wholehearted engagement with the Charter demonstrates its passion and belief in inspiring positive change. The take-up from so many of our banking, legal and wider business counterparts shows the power of collaboration and we hope that in time these principles will be applied in all organisations across all sectors."

The Charter has the support of mental health charity Mind, the City Mental Health Alliance, the International Bar Association, the Law Societies of England and Wales and of Scotland, LawCare and the Solicitors Regulatory Authority.