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Ernst & Young tops Stonewall's 2012 list of gay-friendly employers

MI5 enters Top 100 for the first time

Stonewall today publishes its Top 100 Employers 2012, showcasing Britain's best employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff. Ernst & Young tops the list. In second place is the Home Office and Barclays comes third.

MI5 secures a position on the Top 100 for the first time, and is one of 25 new entries. The 2012 Index was revised with the most demanding criteria to date, introducing new weighting for global employers that recognises worldwide support for LGB equality.

Accenture wins the award for Employee Network Group of the Year and the Department of Energy and Climate Change is named Most Improved Employer. Bill Payne, former Chief Executive of Metropolitan Housing Partnership, was named Individual Champion of the Year.

Full results of the 2012 Stonewall Top Employers list will be announced tonight (January 11) at a ceremony hosted in London by Ernst & Young where the Top Employer award will be presented by Minister for Equalities, Lynne Featherstone, MP.

‘Competition for a place in the Top 100 was fiercer than ever this year,’ says Ben Summerskill, Stonewall Chief Executive. ‘With new, more demanding criteria, every employer securing a position in the Top 100 has performed impressively – and the participating employers collectively employ over 1.9 million people. The Index remains a powerful tool used by Britain's 1.7 million gay employees and 150,000 gay university students to decide where to take their talent and skills.’

Liz Bingham, Managing Partner for People at Ernst & Young, said: ‘A strong commitment to diversity and inclusiveness is not only important for our people, but is also a business imperative in what is an increasingly competitive and interconnected world.’

Jonathan Evans, director general of MI5, said: ‘The Security Service has worked hard in recent years to promote equality and diversity across all areas of its work. We are pleased to be recognised by Stonewall, but there is still more we can do. We will continue to support lesbian, gay and bisexual staff to make MI5 a truly inclusive place to work.’

The Index is based on a range of key indicators which this year included a confidential survey of lesbian, gay and bisexual employees, with over 7,500 participants. This consistently confirmed that the satisfaction levels of gay staff were highest at the top-ranking organisations in the Index.



1) The 2003 Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations made workplace discrimination against gay people illegal, and was consolidated in the Equality Act 2010. In spite of the regulations, Stonewall routinely receives calls to its Info Service from people facing workplace discrimination. Employment tribunals can still award unlimited compensation to people who face harassment at work on grounds of sexual orientation.

2) Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services with 152,000 staff worldwide.

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