Lesbian, gay and bisexual rights group Stonewall has announced its top gay-friendly list today and Ernst & Young has bagged the first position. This helps to dispel the stereotypical view of big corps being mean money making machines with complete disregard for equality.
On the second spot is the Home Office and Barclays bank came third in the index.
The Index is based on a range of key indicators which this year included a confidential survey of lesbian, gay and bisexual employees, with over 7,500 participants.
“Competition for a place in the Top 100 was fiercer than ever this year,” said Ben Summerskill, chief executive, Stonewall. ‘With new, more demanding criteria, every employer securing a position in the Top 100 has performed impressively – and the participating employers collectively employ over 1.9 million people.
“The Index remains a powerful tool used by Britain’s 1.7 million gay employees and 150,000 gay university students to decide where to take their talent and skills,” he added.
Liz Bingham, managing partner for People at Ernst & Young, said: “A strong commitment to diversity and inclusiveness is not only important for our people, but is also a business imperative in what is an increasingly competitive and interconnected world.”
Top 10 gay-friendly firms in the UK:
- Ernst & Young
- Home Office
- Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
- Metropolitan Housing Partnership
- Goldman Sachs
- Simmons & Simmons
The Stonewall Top 100 Employers is compiled from submissions to the Workplace Equality Index- which considers criteria such as employee policy and training and development, as well as gathering extensive staff feedback. Now in its eighth year, the Index is a tool for employers to measure their efforts to create inclusive workplaces for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) employees.