South Wales Police, Welsh Assembly Government and Gwent Police have been named top Welsh employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) staff by Stonewall today.
South Wales Police scored the highest on the 2007 Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (WEI), an annual listing of the top 100 UK employers for LGB staff launched this evening in London. All three top Welsh employers are members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme, a good practice forum designed to promote diversity in the workplace.
Liz Morgan, Stonewall Cymru Acting Director, said: "Given that we only launched Diversity Champions in Wales 14 months ago we are delighted by the results of our members. That they have come so far in such a short time demonstrates what can be achieved when an organisation is truly committed to achieving equality for lesbian, gay and bisexual people. I hope that their example may prove an inspiration to other organisations in Wales."
Barbara Wilding, Chief Constable of South Wales Police, named top employer for gay people in Wales in 2007 said: "I am delighted at the news that South Wales Police has been included in the Stonewall Equality Index. This inclusion marks an important step towards our aim of creating a workplace where our LGB staff feel valued.
"My commitment is to ensure that South Wales Police continues to be a leading organisation in Wales and to drive forward the equality agenda across all areas of diversity. By doing this, we will be able to deliver a quality of service to our communities. I am determined to ensure that people who are LGB who live in, work or visit the South Wales area can feel secure that if they do experience homophobic hate crime their police service will provide them with an A* service."
The Index assesses actual practice as well as policy. Employers were ranked according to criteria ranging from having a non-discrimination policy promoted to all staff that includes sexual orientation to advertising in the pink media, and from supporting a lesbian and gay employee network group to having an openly-gay senior member of staff.
For further information: contact Liz Morgan, Acting Director, Stonewall Cymru, on 029 2023 7744 or Federico Podeschi, Diversity Champions Cymru Co-ordinator, on 07852211793.
1. The 2003 Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations made workplace discrimination against gay people unlawful. In spite of the regulations, Stonewall still deals regularly with people facing workplace discrimination.
2. Stonewall Cymru is the Wales equality group for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people in Wales. www.stonewallcymru.org.uk