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Diversity Champions FAQs

Frequently asked questions about the Diversity Champions programme

Below you'll find answers to a series of frequently asked questions about the programme. If you can't find the answer to your question, please email us.

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How can I order or download Stonewall’s latest research, guides and publications?

Stonewall has produced many workplace guides and pieces of research to help Diversity Champions implement new practices and develop existing programmes. All Stonewall’s research, guides and other publications are available to download from our Resources page.

You can order printed copies of a selection of these resources. A fee will be incurred to cover the costs of postage and packaging for hard copies.
 

What is the Workplace Equality Index?

The Workplace Equality Index is the definitive benchmarking tool for assessing your progress on LGBT equality in the workplace.

Each year, participating employers demonstrate their work in different areas of employment policy and practice. Staff from across the organisation also complete an anonymous survey about their experiences of diversity and inclusion at work.

Participation in the Index is free of charge and open to all organisations regardless of whether they are a Diversity Champion. However, as a Diversity Champion, you'll benefit from support throughout the submission process, a thorough breakdown of your results including sector comparisons, and a tailored feedback meeting to prioritise your next steps.

Top-ranking organisations are published as Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers each January. Each featured organisation receives a 'Stonewall Top Employer’ logo to use on their website, letterheads and in advertising.

The publication of the Top 100 Employers has a wide media reach, including a dedicated supplement in The Times, as well as widespread coverage across television and radio.
 

How do I take part in the Workplace Equality Index?

You'll receive a notification email when the submission window opens, together with all the required documentation. You'll also receive instructions on how to register for the secure web portal used to make your submission.

We recommend speaking to your account manager before you start to complete the Index, as they will be able to provide you with guidance.

 

As a Diversity Champion, do I have to submit an entry to the Index?

There is no requirement to submit to the Index. However, support through the submission process from your dedicated account manager, and a tailored feedback meeting, are benefits of your membership of the Diversity Champions programme.

Additionally, participation in the Index will allow you to thoroughly assess your LGBT inclusion work and identify any areas where there may be gaps.

 

I’d like to start using the Diversity Champions logo, where can I get it?

The use of our recognised logo is one of the benefits of the Diversity Champions programme. It’s a great tool to show potential employees that you’re committed to equality, and can be used in advertising, letterheads, email signatures and online.

Download your copy
 

I’ve seen the Stonewall Top Employer logo, how do I get it?

Stonewall produces an annual report on the best employers for LGBT staff in the UKour Top 100 Employers. The report is based on the results of our annual Workplace Equality Index, which audits organisations on their performance and commitment to creating an inclusive environment for LGBT employees. Those organisations that feature in the Top 100 Employers receive a Top Employer logo to celebrate their status.

Find out more about the Workplace Equality Index, or download copies of previous Top 100 reports.
 

I’d like to implement something in my workplace, who should I talk to for advice?

You should always look to your account manager for advice. They're available by phone and email and can provide invaluable guidance on workplace practices. Your account manager is an expert on best practice across your sector and region and can share their knowledge base.

You should be able to find the name and email address of your account manager in the welcome email you received. However, if you're unsure, please email us.
 

What is the Starting Out careers guide?

The Starting Out careers guide is an annually produced guide for students, graduates and those seeking a career change. It highlights Britain's most inclusive workplaces for LGBT employees. Over 4,000 copies are distributed to schools, colleges, LGBT youth groups and universities across the country.

All Diversity Champions are listed in the guide as an exclusive membership benefit. You'll also receive a free online profile of your organisation which can be updated at any time.
 

What is Proud Employers and how can I advertise on it?

Proud Employers is Stonewall’s dedicated job site, exclusively for Diversity Champions. Thousands of discerning jobseekers use the site to find positions with employers that have made a commitment to LGBT workplace inclusion.

Advertising roles on Proud Employers is a great way to attract and recruit LGBT talent to your workforce. As a Diversity Champion, you're entitled to five free adverts in your first year of membership. To discuss your recruitment needs and for more information on advertising please get in touch.
 

What seminars does Stonewall run?

We hold a range of seminars each year across different sectors and regions around the country. Attendance is free of charge for Diversity Champions. Seminar content focuses on best practice and recent research conducted by Stonewall.

Your account manager will be in touch with details of upcoming seminars.
 

What are the Stonewall Workplace conferences?

Stonewall runs four Workplace conferences each year across the UK in Cardiff, Edinburgh, London and Manchester. As a Diversity Champion, you're entitled to an exclusive discounted rate. 

Each conference brings together hundreds of organisations to learn emerging best practice in LGBT inclusion in the workplace, and take back practical tips to drive change in their organisations. 

They are attended by senior business leaders, HR and diversity professionals, LGBT staff and allies. Be inspired by keynote speakers from across different industries and develop your personal network with colleagues from your sector. Additionally, you can choose from a number of breakout sessions covering a range of LGBT issues in the workplace.
 

Do you run programmes for LGBT staff?

The Stonewall one-day LGBT Role Models programme is tailored to all levels in the workplace. It's designed to give individuals who identify as LGBT the space to explore what it means to be a role model in their organisation, and the space to identify how they're going to create an inclusive environment for everyone. Through reflecting on the relevance and impact of their identity, participants are able to identify achievable ways to step up as an LGBT role model. They leave the programme with a concrete plan about what they're going to do, and how they will do it.
 

Do you run programmes for LGBT senior leaders?

The Stonewall Leadership programme is a unique opportunity for LGBT professionals to explore what it means to be an authentic leader while giving them space to reflect on the relationship between their identity as an LGBT person and their leadership performance in the workplace.

This is a flagship programme and there is no limit to how many individuals an organisation can send to participate. All applicants are considered, although there are a limited number of places.
 

Do you run programmes for non-LGBT staff who support LGBT staff?

The Stonewall one-day Allies programme gives non-LGBT individuals the opportunity to explore what it means to be an ally - a supporter of the LGBT community - and the space to identify how they're going to create an inclusive environment for everyone. It's designed to empower allies to be active change agents at all levels of their organisation.
 

Can you deliver programmes within my organisation?

As well as regular opportunities throughout Britain, all of our programmes can be delivered in-house and Diversity Champions are entitled to a reduced rate. You can contact us to discuss your needs, or talk to your account manager who will refer you to specialist staff.
 

How can I request a speaker from Stonewall?

Stonewall has a talented and inspirational team of policy and best-practice experts available to speak at public events, present seminars and attend meetings with senior staff and network groups. We're able to draw on expertise from across our different teams as needed. Speak to your account manager to request a speaker. Please note, a speaker fee is usually applicable.
 

How often do I have to renew my membership?

Membership of the Diversity Champions programme needs to be renewed on an annual basis from the date you joined the programme. You'll be notified in advance of your renewal deadline.
 

Can I get in touch with people from other Diversity Champions?

It's easy to network and meet other equality, diversity and inclusion professionals through the Diversity Champions programme. In addition to face-to-face meetings at events, seminars and conferences, if there's someone you'd particularly like to get in touch with, ask your client account manager if they can introduce you.
 

How do I keep in touch with the Diversity Champions team and what they’re doing?

To make sure you’re keeping up with the latest events, seminars and research, sign-up to receive our monthly Diversity Champions newsletter. The newsletter will go straight into your inbox at the beginning of every month and will contain upcoming programmes and events that you’re able to take part in, as well as featuring best practice from a selection of our Diversity Champions.
 

I'd like to go to a Stonewall event but I'm not sure it's related to the Diversity Champions programme, can I still go?

Stonewall is made of several departments, including our Diversity Champions team. Some of our events are exclusive to our departments, some are held for our supporters, and some are open to all. If you’re interested in attending an event but not sure if you’re invited, send us an email and we'll let you know as soon as possible.

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