Gentoo is Stonewall’s Employer of the Year 2014. Gentoo is a profit-for-purpose social entrepreneurial enterprise focused on investing in people, the planet and property. As a pioneering Art of Living business they provide housing solutions and services that improve the lives of the people, communities and the environment in which they operate. Gentoo received the highest score of any submission to the 2014 Workplace Equality Index.
"Winning this award is an amazing achievement and demonstrates how crucial inclusivity is to Gentoo in achieving its vision of helping others to realise their own Art of Living. It truly is the people at Gentoo that make this business great and it is vital that everyone feels able to be themselves at work and to give us all they’ve got. Without the talent and energy of everyone at Gentoo we would not be able to tackle some of society’s most pressing concerns. This award will motivate us to continue to and new ways of working towards our vision."
Chief Executive Officer
Support from senior leaders is crucial in transforming organisational culture and furthering equality for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff. The Head of the International Development Consulting business at PwC, Andy Woodfield, is a vocal advocate for celebrating difference in the workplace and is the Partner Sponsor for the business network for Gays, Lesbians and Everyone Else, GLEE@PwC.
"I am delighted to have been chosen as Stonewall Senior Champion of the year 2014. What fabulous news. I am passionate about driving change and making sure everyone in our firm values difference. I feel very lucky to work
with a great team at PwC building our GLEE@PwC inclusive business network for Gays, Lesbians and Everyone Else.
We now have over 700 external and 450 internal members. We’ve had a fantastic response from our firm, our
clients and other firms."
PwC Partner, Head of International
Leicestershire County Council LGBT Workers’ Group is Stonewall’s Employee Network Group of the Year 2014. This small but extremely effective network has proven itself
to be an integral part of the Council’s commitment to diversity and has helped create a positive workplace culture for all lesbian, gay and bisexual employees.
'I am delighted that Leicestershire County Council’s LGBT Workers’ Group has been awarded Employee Network of the Year. It is recognition of all the hard work the group members have put into supporting LCC as a great employer and provider of services to LGBT people. It is also credit to the support we have received from our senior management and our Straight Allies.
Chair, Leicestershire County Council LGBT
The Ministry of Defence is Stonewall’s Most Improved Employer 2014. This award is given to the employer who makes the greatest improvement against the Workplace Equality Index criteria in the previous 12 months. With close to 50,000 employees in the UK alone, the Ministry of Defence is one of the largest public sector employers. Their vision is to create “a workforce, uniformed and civilian, that is drawn from the breadth of the society we defend, that gains strength from that society’s range of knowledge, experience and talent and that welcomes, respects and values the unique contribution
of every individual.”
"One of my key aims as a leader is to ensure that everyone is given the opportunity to perform at their very best. People are more productive, creative, loyal and successful when
they can truly be themselves at work. Winning this award shows that we have taken meaningful action to address our working cultures in order to unlock the full potential of our people by recognising the strength of their diversity."
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence
IBM is Stonewall’s Global Employer of the Year 2014. The technology and consulting !rm scored the highest combined mark on the main Index and additional criteria set for global employers. IBM’s commitment to its gay staff is underpinned by a global diversity policy that explicitly references and bars discrimination based on sexual orientation. This policy is upheld regardless of the legislative context of the regions in which the !rm operates. The rigour with which the policy is applied is evident from the firm’s rejection of one Country General Manager’s request to re-word the policy to exclude references to sexual orientation.
IBM is proud to be recognised as the Global Employer of the Year 2014. Our Global LGBT strategy is based not only on equality in the workplace, but also on fairness and social justice. We believe that our focus on diversity enables us to attract, retain and advance the best talent, to better serve
our clients, and to drive more business for our company. We invite other companies to join with us to leverage the power of our collective brands, and the courage of our convictions
to change the world for the better.
Vice President and Managing Director,
Intellectual Property & Advanced Technology Licensing, IBM