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Other Stonewall publications of relevance to the workplace. 

Workplace Equality Index: Five Year Review


Free to enter, Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index has enabled more than 800 leading employers measure their efforts to tackle workplace discrimination and create gay-friendly workplaces. Our research experts analysed the past five years of Index data and conducted in-depth case studies with top-performing organisations to better understand how they approached creating a workplace culture that celebrates difference. The Workplace Equality Index: Five Year Review captures this information in a candid and concise format and would serve as an invaluable practical guide for every employer who is at the start of their journey and not quite sure where to begin.

The Review covers the following areas:

  • What is the Index?
  • Why is sexual orientation important?
  • How does the Index help employers?
  • What does the journey of top-performing employers in the Index look like?

This publication is supported by EY.

Download the guide here.

Role Models: Sexual Orientation and the WorkplaceRole Models

Stonewall’s latest guide on leadership brings to life what we have learned about the power of authentic leadership in our work through stories from 17 successful and inspiring lesbian, gay and bisexual role models leading in a range of  industries.

This guide demonstrates clearly to gay leaders and their employers the value of an environment where leaders like these are able to release their full potential.

This publication is supported by IBM.

Download the guide here.

Sexual Orientation: The Equality Act Made SimpleEquality Act

The Equality Act 2010 has created a single public sector Equality Duty, known as 'the duty', covering sexual orientation for the first time. The new duty requires public bodies to consider the needs of their gay service-users in the design and delivery of public services.

This plain-English guide tells employers and service providers exactly what they need to know and do to ensure they are complying with the Act in their workplaces and when providing services. 

Download the guide here

How to engage gay people in your workEngagement Guide Cover

The very best organisations know that talking to local people about what they need from public services is key to making them cost-efficient and effective. Many however do not know how or why to engage lesbian, gay and bisexual people in decision making about the public services they pay for.

That is why Stonewall has published this ground-breaking guide for public bodies on how to engage lesbian, gay and bisexual people in their work.

Download the guide here.

Peak Performance: Gay People and ProductivityPeak Performance

This pioneering Stonewall research for the first time outlines a compelling business case for good practice around sexual orientation in the workplace. The study, based on more than one hundred in-depth interviews with lesbian, gay and bisexual people from 21 public and private sector organisations, found that participants almost universally reported a positive link between workplace climate and their own productivity and performance.

This publication is sponsored by IBM.

Download the report here.

The Double Glazed Glass Ceiling: Lesbians in the WorkplaceDouble Glazed Glass Ceiling cover

Employers often express concern about the small number of openly-gay women in their workplaces and the even smaller numbers engaged in their work around sexual orientation. Stonewall wanted to investigate this and that’s why we conducted this research, and the results suggest that often gay women think their gender is more of a barrier to success at work than their sexual orientation. 

This publication is supported by Lloyds Banking Group.

Download the report here.