Press Release December 9, 2016

Fortune Names Alston & Bird a Top Workplace for Diversity

Alston & Bird has been honored by Fortune magazine as one of the country’s top employers for minorities, LGBT employees and women.

In Fortune’s 2016 “50 Best Workplaces for Diversity,” Alston & Bird ranks No. 24 and is one of only two law firms highlighted among U.S. companies for doing the most to create inclusive work cultures.

“We have a deep and enduring commitment to diversity and inclusion,” said Richard Hays, Alston & Bird managing partner. “Both are critical to how we engage and work with clients, relate to each other and serve the communities in which we live and work.”

This is the fourth time this year that Alston & Bird has been recognized by Fortune as a great place to work, having previously been ranked as one of Fortune’s 2016 “100 Best Companies to Work For®,” “50 Best Workplaces for Giving Back,” and “100 Best Workplaces for Women.”

“Ours is a people business; it’s all about our people and their talents,” said Cathy Benton, Alston & Bird chief human resources officer. “Talent comes in all forms, and by embracing our differences – and appreciating and valuing those differences – we make our firm a special place where everyone can be themselves, do their best work and grow their careers.”

The Fortune rankings are based on feedback generated by Great Place to Work® through a survey of more than 448,000 employees across multiple companies and industries. The survey looked at a range of issues – from how comfortable employees are being themselves, the degree of favoritism or insider politics they observe in the workplace and the fairness of promotions, to the feeling of honest connection with coworkers, their access to senior leadership and who receives information and professional development and who doesn’t.

“We congratulate this year’s winners for showing that diverse workplaces are good for all employees,” said Michael C. Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work. “Bottom line? Our research shows that the most inclusive workplaces enjoy significantly higher revenue growth than less-inclusive workplaces – evidence that these organizations are cultivating the full human potential of all their people.”

To see the full list of the Fortune 2016 “50 Best Workplaces for Diversity,” click here.
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