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The Workplace Equality Index is an annual benchmarking exercise that ranks the Top 100 Employers in Britain for lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

These organisations have scored the highest on Stonewall’s 25-question Workplace Equality Index designed to measure equality in the workplace, and have been able to demonstrate their best practice with supplementary evidence.

The Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2011 has been compiled from submissions to our annual Workplace Equality Index, now in its seventh year. Since 2005 we have recognised the efforts of Britain’s leading employers to help LGB people find safe and inclusive workplaces.

The Index is Britain’s leading tool for employers to measure their efforts to tackle discrimination and create inclusive workplaces for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff. In 2011, 378 leading employers – from all over Britain and 25 industries – entered the Index, making it the most competitive to date.

Submissions to the Index were assessed against 109 individual criteria across 25 questions, divided into eight areas of good practice. Each section was carefully weighted to reflect their impact on workplace culture. The full criteria – and case studies from Britain’s top gay-friendly employers – were explored in depth in the booklet that is published every year to accompany the Top 100 ranking.

To compile our list of the Top 100 Employers, we marked every submission twice to guarantee that our process was rigorous, and accurately reflected each organisation’s commitment to LGB inclusion. This process pinpointed the organisations that are doing the most to make their workplaces, processes and experiences inclusive, for staff, clients and stakeholders alike. As an extra measure of scrutiny, we conducted face-to-face consultations with over 20 of the highest-scoring employers.

Past Workplace Equality Index Results

Download previous versions of the Index

For the 2010 Index booklet click here
For the 2009 Index booklet click here
For the 2008 Index booklet click here
For the 2007 Index booklet click here
For the 2006 Index booklet click here
For the 2005 Index booklet click here

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Click here to download the report and full analysis of the Stonewall Workplace Index