National Assembly and Barclays top list of Welsh gay-friendly employers

Welsh employers represent one in ten of Stonewall’s Top 100

Stonewall today publishes its Top 100 Employers 2014, showcasing Britain's best employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff.   Gentoo is named as 2014’s top gay-friendly employer; in second place is Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and The Co-operative is third.

In Wales, National Assembly for Wales is named as Top Welsh Public Sector Employer and Barclays are named as Top Welsh Private Sector Employer.

North Wales Police and South Wales Police both placed 19th in the list and are the highest scoring Police forces in Great Britain.

Full results of the Stonewall Top Employers 2014: The Workplace Equality Index will be announced at a ceremony hosted tonight (January 15) by Tate Britain, kindly supported by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. A celebration of the success of Welsh employers takes place on 23 January, kindly supported by Eversheds.

Andrew White, Director of Stonewall Cymru said, “The contribution our Top Employers make in shaping a fairer more productive lived experience for lesbian, gay and bisexual people at work really makes a difference. We know this, because our Workplace Equality Index measures it.”

“I’m very proud of the fact that 10 of the UK’s top 100 employers are Welsh employers.  Despite economic pressures, these employers show that investing in equality has never been more important.”

Dame Rosemary Butler AM, Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales said “We are delighted to have been recognised as Stonewall Cymru’s Top Welsh Public Sector Employer. The award acknowledges our continued commitment to LGB equality, both as an excellent employer and an organisation that engages with and represents all communities in Wales.”

Valerie Soranno Keating, CEO Barclaycard and the Global Sponsor of the LGBT agenda at Barclays said “As the Global Lead for Barclays Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) agenda, I am dedicated to ensuring Barclays is the ‘Go-To’ bank for customers, clients and colleagues of all backgrounds. Our recognition as being Stonewall Cymru’s ‘Top Private Sector Employer’ 2014 affirms
the progress we are continuing to make in supporting and engaging the LGBT community. Barclays has had a long-standing partnership with Stonewall across the UK, and this award pays testament to Barclays’ growing presence in Wales and the vital work and support provided by our Spectrum Diversity Network for the LGBT community.”

The Top 100 list is based on the results of Stonewall’s Workplace Equality 2014, the tenth published by the charity. The Index is based on a range of key indicators which include a confidential questionnaire of lesbian, gay and bisexual staff, with over 9,700 participants. This consistently revealed that employees from organisations ranked in Stonewall’s Top 100 exhibited higher levels of staff satisfaction and loyalty.

For further information on the Workplace Equality Index visit www.stonewallcymru.org.uk/WEIcymru or follow the conversation on Twitter and Facebook using #WEI2014

For more information contact 07958 137 350 or James Lawrence, Communications Officer on 020 7593 1857/07985 439 660.

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