Linklaters ranked number one employer for LGBT+ inclusion in 2019 Hong Kong Index

Linklaters is delighted to be ranked the number one employer for LGBT+ Inclusion in Hong Kong in the Community Business 2019 LGBT+ Inclusion Index. Linklaters is the first non-financial organisation to be ranked no. 1, it is the also only law firm featured in the top five employers for 2019, and the only magic circle law firm to feature among the 17 companies awarded a Gold Standard ranking in this year's index. This ranking is a testament to the firm’s long-standing commitment and efforts in creating and fostering an inclusive workplace.


Community Business is a leading not-for-profit organisation advancing responsible and inclusive business practices in Asia. Held every two years, the Index is the first benchmark on LGBT+ workplace inclusion practices and initiatives in Asia. Introduced by Community Business for the first time in 2015, this pioneering initiative provides organisations in Hong Kong with a credible and robust tool to assess, progress and promote their efforts towards LGBT+ inclusion.


The top corporates and subject matter experts in this year’s index were announced at a gala dinner in Hong Kong last night, where Linklaters’ Asia Managing Partner, Nathalie Hobbs accepted the award on behalf of the firm.


“We are extremely honoured to receive this award from Community Business. Although this is recognition of what we have achieved, I prefer to also think of it as encouragement to continue to move forward towards greater inclusiveness – to continue to work with our people, our clients and our communities, towards this goal. As the first non-financial organisation to be ranked no. 1 in the Index, we are thrilled to see LGBT+ Inclusion on the agenda of a diverse pool of industries.”

The results were shortlisted from submissions from 60 organisations, varying from large multinationals to small non-governmental organisations representing multiple industries, including financial services, hospitality, technology, legal, media, properties and the third sector. The top 5 ranked employers were;


  1. Linklaters
  2. HSBC
  3. Goldman Sachs
  4. Morgan Stanley
  5. Thomson Reuters


Linklaters was previously awarded Silver Standard in 2017 following an initial ranking of Bronze Standard in 2015. Community Business also named Linklaters’ Asia COO, Stewart Chippindale, winner of their 2018 LGBT+ Executive Sponsor Award alongside Wanda Tung, Managing Director and General Counsel, Asia ex Japan, for Nomura.