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A&O climbs 15 places on Stonewall's list of Britain's top 100 LGBT-inclusive employers

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30 January 2020

A&O has been named one of the most inclusive employers in Britain by lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity Stonewall in its Top 100 Employers list for 2020,  placing 22nd on this year’s list. 
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This year’s Top 100 was the largest ever with 503 employers entering, demonstrating their commitment to LGBT+ workplace inclusion.  Last year A&O was ranked at 37th on the list. 

As part of the Top 100, Stonewall collects more than 109,000 anonymous responses from employees on their experience of Britain’s workplace culture and diversity. This year, 81% of LGBT+ employees who responded to the survey said they feel able to be themselves in the workplace

A&O senior partner Wim Dejonghe comments: "We are very proud of the progress we are making in supporting and celebrating LGBT+ inclusion. For  our efforts to be recognised in this way shows that the changes we are making are having a real impact. Our aim is to foster a culture of inclusivity at A&O, where everyone can bring their whole selves to work and thrive in our environment and we remain committed to  that goal."

Stonewall’s 2018 Work Report revealed more than a third of LGBT+ staff (35%) have hidden they are LGBT at work and almost one in five LGBT+ employees (18%) have been the target of negative comments from colleagues because of their identity.

Sanjay Sood-Smith, Stonewall’s Executive Director of Workplace & Community Programmes, said: "We are delighted to name Allen & Overy as one of our Top 100 Employers this year. All the organisations in this year's Top 100 Employer's list are playing a huge role in improving the lives of LGBT people, and should be very proud of their work. 

'We still don't live in a world where everyone is able to be themselves in the workplace, as we know more than a third of LGBT staff (35%) hide who they are at work. By taking steps to make their workplaces supportive and welcoming of all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, businesses like Allen & Overy are bringing us closer to a world where everyone is accepted without exception."

Stonewall’s Top 100 is compiled from submissions to the Workplace Equality Index, a powerful benchmarking tool used by employers to assess their achievements and progress on LGBT+ equality in the workplace, as well as their wider work in the community and on service provision.

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