Stonewall announces its Top Global Employers for 2019

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Stonewall, the LGBT equality charity, has announced its Top Global Employers for 2019.

The British Army, University of Leicester, KPMG, ThoughtWorks, Oliver Wyman, and Barclays are amongst the top global employers. The list celebrates the pioneering efforts of leading organisations to create inclusive workplaces and advances equality for LGBT people wherever they are in the world.

The Top Ten Global Employers for 2019 are:

  • Pinsent Masons
  • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
  • Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • MI5
  • National Assembly for Wales
  • Newcastle City Council
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Welsh Government
  • Citi
  • Baker McKenzie

A record number of 445 employers submitted to the 2019 Workplace Equality Index. Of the entrants, 80 per cent had an LGBT employee network group; 73 per cent had used their social media and online presence to demonstrate commitment to LGBT equality; 35 per cent of entrants’ LGBT employee network groups had held campaigns, initiatives, seminars or events engaging with BAME LGBT identities; and 42 per cent of senior management teams had engaged with their board to discuss LGBT equality.

Speaking about the list, Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive, Stonewall said, “We’re immensely delighted by this year’s Top 100 Employers – and of all the 445 organisations that entered the 2019 Index – and I want to congratulate them for their continued progress on LGBT equality.”

“You are leading the way in making workplaces more LGBT-inclusive and ensuring that LGBT employees, customers and services users can be safe, accepted and respected across the UK.”

“Spanning diverse sectors from banking to healthcare, education to law and retail to government, the best employers are taking action to help create workplaces and services that, day by day, make a real and tangible difference to the lives of LGBT people.”

“This year, many of our Top 100 Employers have not just led the way within their own organisations, they have also been strong voices campaigning for reform of the Gender Recognition Act, for marriage equality in Northern Ireland, for greater inclusivity in sport and more.”

The list also recognised individuals and groups who have gone above and beyond in promoting equality. Jacqueline Quinn, Senior Learning Experience Manager, Sky UK was awarded the Lesbian Role Model of the Year award; Ray Vincent, University of South Wales was awarded the Gay Role Model of the Year award; and Captain Hannah Graph MBE REME, The British Army was awarded the Trans Role Model of the Year award.

You can download a copy of the report here.

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