for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality

Lloyds Banking Group is the top Scottish organisation in Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index of lesbian, gay, and bisexual-friendly employers.

The index, which is in its seventh year, relies on evidence from participating employers and from confidential staff feedback from the largest lesbian, gay and bisexual employment survey, with more than 9100 people participating across the UK.
A record number of employers submitted entries this year - 378 up from 352 in 2009 - from 25 different industries. To secure a top 100 place employers had to achieve a minimum score that was higher than the average overall score in the 2009 index.

'Competition for a place on the Top Employers List was fiercer than ever in 2011,' said Carl Watt, Director of Stonewall Scotland. 'We received more entries than any previous year from employers who understand that people perform better when they can be themselves.  Stonewall's research has found that gay people are far more likely to buy goods or services from companies they know are gay-friendly. The Index is a powerful tool used by Britain's 1.7 million lesbian, gay and bisexual employees and 150,000 LGB university students to decide where to take their talent and skills.'

The top five Scottish employers are:
1. Lloyds Banking Group
2. Barclays
3. Royal Bank Of Scotland
4. Lothian & Borders Police
5. Clydesdale Bank

Helen Weir, Group Executive Director of the Retail Division and Executive Sponsor at Lloyds Banking Group, said, 'I'm passionate about my role as Executive Sponsor for sexual orientation. It makes sound commercial sense that Lloyds Banking Group should aim to be the best place to work - and bank - for LGBT people.  This fantastic accolade shows we are another step closer to our goal! I'm proud of our progress and look forward to continuing our journey.'

Steve Allen, Deputy Chief Constable of Lothian and Borders Police and ACPOS (Association of Chief Police Officers (Scotland) ) lead for Diversity and Equality, said, 'Lothian and Borders Police, as an employer, are committed to creating an inclusive work place where diverse individuals are able to succeed. We are delighted to be recognised for our efforts to promote diversity throughout all facets of our policing and will continue to engage with the public and strengthen the relationship between the police and the communities we serve.'

Examples of activity that leads to successful placing in the top 100 are:
- Results from confidential staff survey showing that the workplace is inclusive
- Having a strategy linking LGB equality to wider organisational aims
- Having an inclusive bullying & harassment policy
- Offering diversity training for staff
- Having staff represent them at LGB community events
- Having an openly gay member of staff in top three tiers


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