Diversity & Inclusion
Bring your varied perspectives to the table.
We know that diverse organisations that succeed in bringing people together, create superior solutions and are more sustainable. They also better contribute to the communities that sustain them, and who give them license to operate.
We also know that equity and diversity result from an inclusive environment and that unconscious bias can live in an organisation’s established processes. This is why creating an environment in which all at A&O can thrive, achieve their potential and challenge the inadvertent effects of traditional processes, globally and locally, has been a priority for us for many years.
The pandemic and recent events around the world have emphasised that opportunity is not equitably spread and that community-wide action is needed to make progress. A&O is committed to playing a full part in this. Now, more than ever, we must ensure that our good intentions continue to translate into progress on equity and diversity so that, as we emerge into the new normal, our progress is not impaired.
At A&O we go beyond hoping for a better future. We know that hope is not a plan. We actively foster an inclusive environment where people can be their true and authentic selves at work. We know that by listening, and encouraging challenge, that genuine inclusivity can be achieved and not just aspired to.
We want A&O to be an environment where you feel comfortable and confident to be who you are in the workplace. To feel like you belong, no matter what. There is still a long way to go to become the diverse and inclusive organisation we aspire to be, but the launch of All In is a big step forward.
Everyone at A&O will do their utmost to ensure you are well supported in your role. Our newly launched AccessAbility Network will be your tool to connect with others around the firm with similar circumstances and experiences. A key aim of the network is to ensure everyone is being looked after to encourage a more collaborative environment.
A&O Accelerate was an insightful and enjoyable programme. The programme being split into weekly hourly sessions, with a mix of both small group activities and general sessions, made the content much more digestible. The learning opportunities, such as insight into the anatomy of a typical deal a law firm would do, were balanced with the independent research tasks we were assigned, meaning I could develop my skills in a number of ways.
Our future progress may not be smooth. There will, undoubtedly, be challenges along the way and so as well as celebrating our successes we will also hold ourselves to account for the things we still need to do, to be the diverse organisation we aspire to be.
What makes our lawyers the best in the business, is their insight, their willingness to challenge and their delight in solving problems that others see as insurmountable. Diversity of thought is what makes our business successful.
Our People Networks
A&Out is our global network both for staff that identify as LGBT+ and staff that want to support and promote the equality of their LGBT+ colleagues (our allies). Globally, A&Out has over 100 LGBT+ members and over 700 allies. The purpose of A&Out is to raise awareness and to offer support and networking opportunities to A&O staff.
The aim of the group is to focus on the needs of, and issues affecting, Black, Asian, and minority ethnic people at A&O in London. Since launching, the group has successfully implemented a number of initiatives internally to raise awareness of the issues relating to ethnic diversity at A&O, its objectives and to demonstrate the firm’s commitment to creating a more diverse business.
The Gender Equality network works to support A&O to achieve greater gender equality at all levels of seniority within the firm. Their mission is to take every step toward a gender-balanced workplace where everyone can fulfil their potential.
We know that disabilities can be life long, short-term, life changing and can change over time. At A&O we’re ensuring that whatever the nature, someone’s disability shouldn’t ever be a barrier to accelerating and experiencing a fulfilling career.
Social inequality continues to restrict potential the world over, and we believe we have a key part to play in building a fairer society where opportunity is merit-based and accessible. Our backgrounds should be celebrated and shared, but should not define our experiences or limit our opportunities. We want everyone at A&O to meet their potential and flourish.