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Allen & Overy named one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2022

A&O has been listed as one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2022 for taking action to decrease gender inequality in the workplace. This is the fourth year in a row the firm has been recognised in the list, which is collated by charity Business in the Community. 

This year’s applicants were closely assessed on the work they do to remove the drivers that enforce gender inequality, from flexible working and family-friendly policies to pay, reward and progression.

Commenting on this achievement, senior partner Wim Dejonghe said: “Meaningful change on gender equality takes time, focus and consistency. We have worked hard to identify the challenges that face women at all levels in our business and adapt our strategy to overcome them as they change over time. In the last year we have focussed on the intersections of women’s identities, for example setting up a global LGBTQ+ women’s group, with the aim of providing a networking platform for LGBTQ+ women at the firm. I’m grateful that our efforts are being rewarded by inclusion in this prestigious listing.

While we’re proud to be recognised for how far we have come, we also acknowledge that there is work yet to be done and the pandemic has increased the opportunity for inequality in the workplace. Now is the time to double down and maintain our focus on progress.”

Katy Neep, Gender Equality Campaign Director at Business in the Community, said: “The cost of living crisis following hot on the heels of the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 faced by women has further shone a light on how far we have to go on gender equality. Without action from all employers, we will end up chasing our tails while trying to eradicate the inequalities gap and create truly inclusive workplaces for all women.”

“The Times Top 50 gives us hope that we are making strong progress in our goal towards gender equality and in our 40th year we call on all employers to be bolder, braver and faster in achieving that goal.”

“This year’s application process was the most competitive one we have ever seen. Employers like Allen & Overy haven’t lifted their foot off the pedal when it comes to supporting women at work and they are a strong example of what commitment to making gender inequality a thing of the past looks like.”