Top employers gather to discuss gay equality

Cabinet minister, gay soldier and sports chief address annual equality conference

Today (29th September 2011) 100 employers from throughout Wales and the UK will gather at the Wales Millennium Centre for the Stonewall Cymru Workplace Conference, sponsored by Barclays. 

Delegates will hear from key figures involved personally and professionally in making the workplace better for gay people.  These include Cabinet Minister Jane Hutt AM, Wrexham born Lance Corporal James Wharton, Chair of Sport Wales Laura McAllister and Julian Bucknall of Barclays. 

The Minister for Finance and Leader of the House, Jane Hutt, said:
“As the Minister who has responsibility for equality issues, I am pleased to be at the Stonewall Cymru Workplace Conference to discuss the Welsh Government role in promoting equality for all.
“Discrimination is unacceptable, and the Welsh Government is committed to ensuring every Welsh citizen has the opportunity to contribute fully to the economic, as well as social life of Wales.
“Our vision is of an inclusive and diverse workplace, where the individual is valued, developed and enabled to make a difference for the citizens of Wales. We will continue to strive for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual equality and in ensuring that people feel comfortable and can truly be themselves in their working environment. ”

The event features a series of best practice workshops from members of the Diversity Champions programme.  This growing network of over 600 employers brings together top employers to promote diversity in the workplace. 

“These are employers that understand ‘people perform better when they can be themselves’.  They have already recognised that the experience of gay employees is paramount to their success as businesses and service providers”  says Andrew White, Director of Stonewall Cymru. “What is most striking is the range of employers who will be represented there from the armed forces, to major financial institutions, to local authorities.”

Recently great progress has been made in furthering equality in the Welsh workplace.  Nine Welsh organisations featured in Stonewall’s Top 100 employers 2011.  The Equality Act in Wales is also encouraging employers to tackle discrimination and advance equality in a more focussed and transparent way.

“This year we will celebrate the advances that have been made, but also provide our delegates with inspiration and practical advice which will help them stay at the forefront of equality and make a real and positive difference to the working lives of their lesbian, gay and bisexual staff.”

ENDS

1) Stonewall Cymru is the all-Wales lesbian, gay and bisexual charity founded in 2003
2) Environment Agency Wales was named Wales’ top employer.  Cardiff Council, North Wales Police and National Assembly for Wales were also named in Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers.  The list is based on the Workplace Equality Index, which is the definitive national benchmarking exercise showcasing Britain’s top employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff
3) More info at www.stonewallcymru.org.uk/cymruconference 

 

 

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