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A series of good practice guides for employers containing practical ways to implement working practices and interesting case studies to ensure an inclusive workplace for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff.
 

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Maintaining Network Group Momentum: Supporting lesbian, gay and bisexual employees

Employee network groups play a vital role in delivering workplace equality for lesbian, gay and bisexual people. This guide looks at the innovative and unique contributions network groups provide to the culture and reputation of organisations. It explains how network groups can improve the workplace for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff and how they support employers.


 The guide covers the following areas:

  • The business case
  • Setting up a lesbian, gay and bisexual network
  • The activities of a network group
  • Visibility and communication
  • Supporting network members
  • Involving the network
  • Innovative practice

Download a .pdf of the Maintaining Network Group Momentum guide 

This guide has been kindly sponsored by Deutsche Bank  

Using Monitoring Data

Using Monitoring Data: Making the most of sexual orientation data collection


This guide explores the benefits to employers of collecting data about the sexual orientation of employees, customers and service users. It explains how they can use that data to understand and improve the experiences of their workforce, as well as to better understand who their customers are, and to ultimately provide better services to them. 

 

The guide is split into four sections:

  • The business case
  • When to monitor
  • Getting the most out of monitoring
  • What to do with the data

Download a .pdf copy of the Using Monitoring Data guide

Global working

Global working: Supporting lesbian, gay and bisexual staff on overseas assignments

This guide explores the benefits to global companies of considering the implications of international postings for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff. It also explores how the very best organisations use their global influence to promote better workplaces for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff around the world.
 

 

The guide is split into six sections:

  • The experiences of gay people working worldwide
  • The business case
  • Gay-friendly policies and practices
  • Supporting staff decisions about relocation
  • Supporting staff in-country
  • Influencing workplace cultures abroad

Download a .pdf version of the Global Working guide.

This guide has been produced with the support of Google.

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Procurement: Embedding lesbian, gay and bisexual equality in the supply chain

This guide provides practical advice for organisations on the benefits of encouraging their suppliers to improve their workplaces and services for lesbian, gay and bisexual people. The guide features case studies from Diversity Champions.

 


The guide is split into five sections:

  • The Business Case
  • Policies
  • Tendering process
  • Working with chosen suppliers
  • Holding suppliers to account

Download a .pdf version of the Procurement guide.

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Straight Allies: How to help create gay-friendly workplaces

Straight people have a critical role to play in creating gay-friendly workplaces. Stonewall Top 100 employers routinely tell us that straight allies have been key to advancing fair treatment of their lesbian, gay and bisexual staff.

 

 

 
This guide is split into five sections:

  • Why be a straight ally
  • At the top
  • Senior managers
  • Line managers
  • Straight allies at every level

Download a .pdf version of Straight Allies guide.

Marketing guide coverMarketing: How to Market to Gay Consumers

Marketing: How to Market to Gay Consumers looks at the marketing cycle and suggests how to involve your lesbian, gay and bisexual community to get it right.



 

 

The guide is split into four sections:

  • The business case
  • Pioneering marketing initiatives
  • How to get there - ensuring the organisation is ready before launching your initiative
  • Following through - steps to take after launch

Download a .pdf version of the Marketing guide.
 

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Religion and Sexual Orientation: how to manage relations in the workplace

Since 2003, legislation has been in place to protect lesbian, gay and bisexual people from discrimination in the workplace. Similar legislation exists to protect people of faith. The fact that these were introduced at the same time led some to believe that trying to uphold both would lead to conflict.

The employers who are members of Stonewall's Diversity Champions programme tell us that conflicts are very rare.

This guide is split into four sections:

  • Not a new issue
  • Where to draw the line
  • Case studies - responding to issues
  • How to prevent and respond to incidents

Download a .pdf version of the Religion and Sexual Orientation in the Workplace guide.
 

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Bisexual People in the Workplace: practical advice for employers 

Stonewall knows that people perform better when they can be themselves and despite many great strides that have been made to achieve sexual orientation equality in workplaces across Britain, many bisexual men and women still feel unable to be themselves at work.

 

 The guide is split into four sections:

  • Key issues for bisexual staff
  • Developing effective policy and procedure
  • Engaging bisexual employees
  • Evaluating success and continuing progress

Download a .pdf version of the Bisexual People in the Workplace guide.

This guide was produced with the support of the Home Office.


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Career Development

This workplace guide equips organisations with the information they need to understand the specific career development needs of their lesbian, gay and bisexual staff and how to respond to them. By highlighting examples of best practice, Stonewall research enables organisations to build reputation, improve performance and avoid risk.
 

 
The guide deals with the following topics:

  • The business case
  • Developing inclusive career development policies
  • Examples of career development initiatives
  • Communicating initiatives
  • Evaluating their success 

Download a .pdf version of the Career Development guide.

This guide has been produced with the support of Morgan Stanley.

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Bullying: preventing the bullying and harassment of gay employees

Our third Workplace Guide is designed to equip organisations with the resources they need to understand the nature of anti-gay bullying and harassment, the legal obligation for employers and the impact this type of discrimination can have on individual staff members.  

 

 

The guide deals with the following topics:

  • Building the business case
  • Effective policy and procedure
  • Improving reporting

Download a .pdf version of the Bullying guide.

This guide has been produced with the support of UBS.

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Network Groups: setting up networks for lesbian, gay and bisexual employees

A lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) employee network group is a formal mechanism for enabling lesbian, gay and bisexual staff to come together to share information and support.  Stonewall's research shows that it is a valuable workplace resource that can benefit the organisation, employees, customers and clients.




 The guide covers the following areas:

  • The business case
  • What LGB networks do
  • Setting up an LGB network
  • Communicating the network
  • Maintaining and developing the network

Download the .pdf version of the Network Groups guide.

This guide has been produced with the support of Aviva and Morley Fund Management.