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Top Scottish employers for gay staff celebrated

On Thursday, 22 February, Stonewall Scotland celebrated the first anniversary of its Diversity Champions Scotland programme by recognising the top Scottish employers for gay and lesbian staff at a grand reception in Edinburgh.

The anniversary reception, kindly sponsored and hosted by Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS), marks a successful first year for the Diversity Champions Scotland programme. 23 major Scottish employers totalling nearly 100,000 staff now work closely with Stonewall Scotland to build workplaces free of discrimination.

The reception took place at the HBOS headquarters, The Mound, and recognised Scottish employers that have gone the extra mile to show leadership on lesbian and gay equality in the workplace. They include HBOS, Lothian and Borders Police and The Scottish Executive.

The Chief Constable of Lothian and Borders Police, Paddy Tomkins, the Chief Executive of Bank of Scotland Corporate, Peter Cummings, joined the Director of Stonewall Scotland, Calum Irving in addressing 150 invited guests from a variety of major Scottish employers.

Paddy Tomkins said: “Diversity Champions Scotland helps us to re-affirm our commitment to our lesbian, gay and bisexual staff. It also encourages us to show leadership in delivering a workplace free of discrimination and a police force best placed to serve the whole community.”

Peter Cummings said: "Creating and maintaining an inclusive working environment that respects and embraces diversity is at the core of our business. Our membership of Stonewall Scotland is undoubtedly helping to positively shape the employment experience of colleagues by supporting our efforts to be at the cutting edge of delivering diversity best practice".

Calum Irving said: “The Jonah Ditton case recently brought home the need for employers to get serious about tackling workplace discrimination against lesbian and gay employees. The employers we work with understand this but we want them to go further in showing leadership and achieving change at the chalk face where it matters.” 

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