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Diversity essential for all businesses in Britain, employers told

Brendon Riley, Chief Executive Officer of IBM UK, and Vice Admiral Alan Massey Second Sea Lord, Royal Navy both used their keynote speeches to call on employers keep focused on workplace equality for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff at Stonewall’s workplace conference, supported by Barclays, yesterday.

Vice Admiral Alan Massey Second Sea Lord, Royal Navy said ‘Changing behaviours takes some time. Changing the underlying attitudes and culture takes a whole lot longer. The continued engagement of the LGBT community is vitally important to us to ensure that it becomes an embedded part of our business, a fundamental part of a fair leadership culture.’

Antony Grey Jenkins, Chief Executive of Global Retail Banking, Barclays said ‘Organisations that focus on diversity tend to be higher performing organisations than those that don’t. People take their lead from what they see around them. Creating a workplace where all colleagues are able to be themselves is absolutely critical to the overall wellbeing of any business.’

‘Stonewall keeps us honest, it keeps dialogue going with business. We were number 1 in the Workplace Equality Index, and then we slipped to 11. I said to the team that there were too many 1s in 11,’ said Brendon Riley, from IBM, Stonewall’s Employer of the Year 2010. ‘Of all the awards for business in the UK a Stonewall award is the one you really want. It goes to the heart of who you are and what you stand for.’

‘Diversity makes good business sense for all employers, particularly when the economic climate is tougher,’ says David Shields, Stonewall Director of Workplace Programmes.

The Stonewall workplace conference 2010 was attended by nearly 500 people.

 


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