15 January 2014

Gentoo tops Stonewall's 2014 list of gay-friendly employers

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, The Co-operative complete top three

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. Accenture, EY and the Home Office complete the top five.

This is the first time that a housing sector employer has taken the top spot. Britain’s military and security services are well represented on the list, with the Security Service (MI5), Ministry of Defence, the Army and the Royal Navy all securing positions.

Leicestershire County Council LGBT Workers’ Group wins the award for Employee Network Group of the Year and Ministry of Defence is named Most Improved Employer of the Year. Andy Woodfield, Head of International Development Consulting at PwC is named Senior Champion of the Year. IBM wins the award for Global Employer of the Year.

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, the first museum to appear in the Top 100 gay-friendly employers, and kindly supported by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Ben Summerskill, Stonewall Chief Executive said: ‘Gentoo and every single employer in the Top 100 has performed remarkably this year as competition for a place on the list of gay-friendly employers has never been fiercer. This commitment from organisations - across 38 different industries - is changing the face of workplaces for the better for all staff - regardless of their sexual orientation’. 

Peter Walls, Gentoo Chief Executive Officer said: ‘Winning this award is an amazing achievement. It truly is the people at Gentoo that make this business great and it is vital that everyone feels able to be themselves at work and give us all they’ve got. This award will motivate us to continue to find new ways of working towards our vision.’

The Top 100 list is based on the results of Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index 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.stonewall.org.uk/WEI2014 or follow the conversation on Twitter and Facebook using #WEI2014. The full Top 100 list is published at 5pm tonight. 

 


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