Promoting LGBTQ+ inclusion
A&Out is Allen & Overy’s global network for our LGBT+ community, with over 100 members and 700 allies across the world.
Our LGBT+ allies programme was launched in 2016 and allows people across A&O to promote and support the equality of their LGBT+ colleagues.
A&O has been named by Stonewall – a leading organisation that campaigns for LGBT+ 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 LGBT+ staff. We are also ranked in the top 100 of Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index 2018, a comprehensive audit of workplace culture for LGBT+ 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 LGBT+ 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 LGBT+ 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