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The definitive benchmarking tool for employers to measure their progress on lesbian, gay, bi and trans inclusion in the workplace.

UK Workplace Equality Index

Assess your organisation's achievements and progress on LGBT equality.

Participating employers demonstrate their work in 8 areas of employment policy and practice. Staff from across the organisation also complete an anonymous survey about their experiences of diversity and inclusion at work.

Organisations then receive their scores, enabling them to understand what’s going well and where they need to focus their efforts, as well as see how they’ve performed in comparison with their sector and region.

The 100 best-performing organisations are celebrated publicly. From 2022, we will also celebrate the work of a wider range of employers through our Gold, Silver and Bronze awards.

Stonewall Diversity Champions benefit from in-depth, tailored feedback on their submission. 

Top 100 Employers 2020

Explore top employers, award winners and more

2022 submissions

Last year, due to the challenges many employers are faced in immediate response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we decided not to run the 2021 Workplace Equality Index.

We are delighted to confirm that the 2022 Workplace Equality Index opened again for submissions in June 2021. Get in touch to find out how we can support you to prepare for your next submission.

Key dates:

  • 15 June 2021 – submissions and the Staff Feedback Questionnaire open
  • 5 October 2021 – submissions close
  • 5 November 2021 – Staff Feedback Questionnaire closes
  • February 2022 – Top 100 and Gold, Silver and Bronze Employer Awards are announced



Key benefits of taking part

What participants say

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The Workplace Equality Index provides us with confidence that our approach is delivering success for our staff and communities.
Melanie Hockenhull, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Why participate?

Assess your work

The Index will assess your work by asking a series of questions about things you might have done. We split the questions across different sections – employee policy, the employee lifecycle, staff network groups, allies and role models, senior leadership, monitoring, procurement, and customers, service users and clients.

We've developed our questions based on years of experience working with employers. Regardless of where you are on your inclusion journey, the Index can help guide your progress.

Understand your employees' experiences

Understanding the lived experiences of your employees is crucial to inclusion. They should directly inform the change being made at your workplace.

The Index will give you insight into staff experiences through an anonymous survey. All you need to do is promote the survey to your employees and leave the rest to us.

Diversity Champions will receive a survey summary, showing employee opinions, attitudes and experiences. You’ll also be able to compare your organisation’s data to sector and regional averages.

Show your commitment

Entering the Index is a fantastic way to show your commitment to LGBT equality. It demonstrates that making your workplace, services and products LGBT inclusive is a priority.

We celebrate Stonewall's Top 100 Employers from the highest scoring Workplace Equality Index submissions. If you achieve a coveted Top 100 spot, you’ll be able to use the Top 100 Employers logo to promote your achievement.

Build an action plan

Employers benefit the most from the Index when they use it as a developmental framework. 

One feature of the Diversity Champion programme is feedback on your Index submission. Once we've reviewed your work, we'll give you in-depth written and verbal feedback. We'll also provide you with best practice examples and ways we can support you further.

Knowing what you're doing well and where you can improve will help you develop a robust action plan.

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