02 November 2017

Australia, Melbourne

Pete Foley only Australian to rank in the top 10 OUTstanding LGBT+ Future Leaders List

Mercer Australia’s Peter Foley has been listed in the top 10 of the 50 OUTstanding LGBT+ Future Leaders List, presented by the Financial Times for 2017.

Compiled by OUTstanding, a not-for-profit professional network for LGBT executives and their allies, in collaboration with the Financial Times, the ranking aims to recognise the actions of executives that have sought to make the workplace more welcoming to LGBT+ individuals.

Mr Foley, a senior associate within Mercer Australia, leads Mercer’s Australian LGBT+ inclusion group and over the past year he has made significant advances in this area to create a safe environment where all employees are encouraged to bring their whole selves to work.   

Commenting on this major achievement, Mr Foley said, “I am thrilled to be recognised in the OUTstanding List. At a time when businesses are recognising the importance of LGBT+ inclusion, Mercer is empowering colleagues, like me, to lead the way and improve workplace inclusivity for our LGBT+ colleagues.”

Michele Glover, People & Culture Leader, Mercer Pacific said that Mercer is exceptionally proud of Pete’s achievements.

“As a result of Pete’s dedication and commitment he has improved workplace inclusivity for LGBT+ colleagues,” said Ms Glover. “Embracing our differences is core to our culture and values at Mercer. Our workforce is diverse and we should celebrate and respect our diversity. Indeed it is one of our strengths in so many ways.”

According to Mercer’s LGBT Benefits around the World Survey, while many global organisations have adopted broader diversity and inclusion policies, just over half have tailored these policies to specifically accommodate LGBT employees. In addition, one-third of organisations do not have a designated program for LGBT employees within their diversity and inclusion policy and 20% of organisations rely on other corporate policies to accommodate for LGBT individuals.

Suki Sandhu, founder & CEO, OUTstanding said, “these lists exist to challenge the assumption you cannot be out and successful in business, and to highlight the importance of role models in inspiring the next generation of business leaders. By recognising and celebrating those who are leading the charge, the lists demonstrate how far the quest for workplace equality has come. But there is always more to be done. Big business and the public sector have the power and influence to promote LGBT+ inclusion more widely, paving the way for real societal change around the world.”

Dr Siobhan Martin, Mercer’s UK & Ireland HR Director and Board Member, also made the Top 100 OUTstanding Leading LGBT+ Executives List for the fourth year running. This year, Dr Martin is listed in the Top 10 of the ranking. Dr Martin was nominated by her colleagues in the UK chapter of Mercer’s own lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allies (LGBTA) Employee Network because of her continuous efforts around ensuring Mercer is an inclusive company and her activism for equal rights in the wider community.  




About Mercer

Mercer delivers advice and technology-driven solutions that help organisations meet the health, wealth and career needs of a changing workforce. Across the Pacific, organisations look to Mercer for global insights, thought leadership and product innovation to help transform and grow their businesses.

Mercer’s more than 22,000 employees are based in 43 countries and the firm operates in over 130 countries. Mercer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC), the leading global professional services firm in the areas of risk, strategy and people. With more than 60,000 colleagues and annual revenue over $13 billion, through its market-leading companies including Marsh, Guy Carpenter and Oliver Wyman, Marsh & McLennan helps clients navigate an increasingly dynamic and complex environment. For more information, visit

About OUTstanding

OUTstanding is an LGBT+ membership organisation for global businesses. It provides professional, peer-to-peer connections for its members and helps businesses create diverse and inclusive work environments. To catalyse change, OUTstanding focuses on driving cultural change through authentic leadership. Corporate members include BP, Barclays, EY, Facebook and Bloomberg.