Who are Britain’s most LGBT inclusive employers?

Who are Britain’s most LGBT inclusive employers?

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) charity Stonewall have revealed Britain’s best employers for transgender and non-binary staff as it releases its annual list of Top 100 LGBT-inclusive employers. Stonewall’s annual review has this year, for the first time ever, marked employers specifically on trans inclusivity, in addition to their work on lesbian, gay and bisexual inclusive policies.

The National Assembly for Wales has taken the number one spot for the first time, after coming fifth in last year’s list.

The Assembly, as well as having a range of inclusive policies and practices for lesbian, gay and bi staff, has this year introduced a raft of measures to improve the workplace for trans staff. Examples include updating their workplace systems to offer an Mx title as well as a space for staff to give their own gender term on forms.

The Assembly have also introduced gender-neutral facilities across the entire organisation and created innovative and inclusive training and policies that demonstrate a true commitment to LGBT, including non-binary, staff.

Elin Jones AM, Llywydd of the National Assembly for Wales, said : ‘We are truly honoured to be recognised by Stonewall as the leading employer for lesbian, gay, bi and trans people.

‘The National Assembly has diversity and inclusion at the very heart of its role representing the people of Wales.

‘We are proud to support our LGBT staff network and continue to work to create an inclusive culture – not only for the people who work here but for the people we represent across all Wales’ diverse communities.

‘As Wales’ parliament, it is right that we should lead by example to demonstrate what can be achieved with the right attitudes, leadership and determination.

‘This is not only a great day for the Assembly, it’s also good news for staff in the many other Welsh organisations represented in the top 100 employers. They demonstrate people in Wales clearly understand the value of inclusive policy and service delivery and I congratulate them all.’

“Creating a workplace environment that accepts everyone isn’t just the right thing to do, it makes good business sense.”

More than 400 employers were in contention to get a coveted spot in this year’s Top 100 LGBT inclusive employers list. The Top 10 employers were a diverse mix of organisations, with representation from both the public and private sectors. The Top 10 is below.

To mark the new trans-inclusive focus of the Top 100, Stonewall has also named Britain’s top trans-inclusive employers. This is a list of organisations that have gone above and beyond to ensure trans staff feel accepted. The Top 10 is below.

This comes at a time when trans and non-binary people are facing a daily onslaught of abuse both in their private lives and in the public sphere.

Earlier this year Stonewall released research that showed half of transgender people (51%) have hidden their identity at work for fear of discrimination or abuse and that one in eight trans employees (12%) have been physically attacked by colleagues or customers in the past year.

Ruth Hunt, Stonewall’s Chief Executive, said : ‘At a time when LGBT people are subject to profound discrimination and abuse, both in and out of the workplace, our LGBT-inclusive employers are a welcome beacon of hope that a positive future is possible.

‘The National Assembly for Wales is a trailblazer for equality, especially for trans equality, and we’d like other organisations to look at the straightforward, positive actions they have taken and follow the example they have set.

‘Creating a workplace environment that accepts everyone isn’t just the right thing to do, it makes good business sense. When staff feel comfortable, happy and understood they will, of course, perform much better than if they’re having to hide who they are, or if they’re scared to go to work for fear of abuse.

‘All leaders, managers – all of us as colleagues – can stand up for LGBT people in the workplace and play a part. We can all play a part in changing our workplaces and our communities so that all LGBT people are accepted without exception.’

This year’s list also saw media and manufacturing represented on the Top 100 list for the first time in recent years. Sky came in at 29 and GSK made a strong new entry, coming in at 21 on the list.

As part of the Top 100, Stonewall also collected more than 92,000 anonymous responses from employees on their experience of Britain’s workplace culture and diversity. It’s one of the largest national employment surveys in Britain. A massive 91% of non-LGBT employees who responded to the survey, say they understand why their employer is committed to LGBT equality.

Stonewall’s Top 100 is compiled from submissions to the Workplace Equality Index, a powerful benchmarking tool used by employers to assess their achievements and progress on LGBT equality in the workplace.

More than 430 organisations took part in this year’s index.

Each organisation must demonstrate their expertise in 10 areas of employment policy and practice, including networking groups, senior leadership, procurement and how well they’ve engaged with the LGBT community.

Top 10 LGBT-inclusive Employers :

1. National Assembly for Wales
2. Pinsent Masons
3. Gentoo
4. Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service
5. Lloyds Banking Group
6. Baker McKenzie
7. Berwin Leighton Paisner
8. Citi
9. Newcastle City Council
10. Victim Support

Top trans-inclusive employers (unranked) :

  • Baker McKenzie
  • Berwin Leighton Paisner
  • Cardiff University
  • Gentoo
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • National Assembly for Wales
  • Pinsent Masons LLP
  • Swansea University
  • The University of Manchester
  • Victim Support
  • Your Homes Newcastle

Top performing organisations in each sector are :

  • Banking and Finance : Lloyds Banking Group (5)
  • Defence and Security : Royal Navy and Royal Marines (32)
  • Education : Cardiff University (14)
  • Emergency Services : Nottinghamshire Police Headquarters (39)
  • Government : National Assembly for Wales (1)
  • Health and Social Care : North East Ambulance Service NHS Trust (46)
  • Housing : Gentoo (3)
  • Insurance : Aviva (98)
  • Legal : Pinsent Masons (2)
  • Leisure and Arts : Tate (67)
  • Local Government : Newcastle City Council (9)
  • Manufacturing : GSK (21)
  • Media : Sky (29)
  • Professional Services : PwC (33)
  • Retail : Vodafone (42)
  • Technology : Fujitsu Services Limited (100)
  • Third Sector : Victim Support (10)

About The Author

Thomas Anderson

Founder and MD of Inclusive Networks. Thomas was Chair of the award winning LGBT network for The Co-operative Group, ‘Respect’ (2011-14). Thomas named the network and designed and managed all of the branding, communications and engagement until he stepped down from the role of Chair in March 2014. He also created the branding, name, was Editor of the quarterly magazine and developed the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network ‘CheckOUT’. He contributed to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 5 Year review. In recognition of his work in the diversity field he was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards, shortlisted for ‘Role Model of the Year’ at the 2012 Lesbian & Gay Foundation Homo Heroes Awards and shortlisted for the ‘Positive Action’ award at the 2013 Asian Fire Service Association Fair & Diverse Awards. He also won the 2012 ‘Pride of The Co-operative’ award. He was a judge for Scotland's biggest diversity awards, The Icon Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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