Foreign Secretary to present Stonewall’s 2017 Top Global Employers awards
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Stonewall, the lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity, today (Monday 3 July 2017) announces its Top Global Employers for 2017.
At an event held this evening in London, supported by Herbert Smith Freehills, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will deliver a keynote speech and present the awards.
In no particular order the Top Global Employers for 2017 named by Stonewall are:
Baker & McKenzie
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Herbert Smith Freehills
Simmons & Simmons
Stonewall’s Global Top Employers list celebrates the pioneering efforts of leading organisations to create inclusive workplaces and advance equality for LGBT people wherever they are in the world.
It’s compiled from submissions to the Global Workplace Equality Index (GWEI): a powerful benchmarking tool used by employers to create inclusive workplaces across the markets in which they operate.
Boris Johnson, Foreign Secretary, said: ‘It’s an honour to join Stonewall in recognising the efforts and achievements of these top global businesses which have done so much to increase equality for LGBT people across the world.
'We have a proud history in the UK of championing LGBT rights and equality and civil society and businesses have played a key role in helping us become a diverse and welcoming country.
‘We also know that the most cosmopolitan societies attract the best talent from every corner of the world, which is good for business and for economic growth. When civil society and businesses work together in the spirit of genuine partnership they can bring real benefits to the communities they serve.’
Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive, Stonewall said: ‘LGBT people face discrimination, violence and isolation in every country in the world. Consensual same-sex activity remains illegal in 72 countries, and is punishable by death in eight. In more than half the world, LGBT people may not be protected from discrimination by workplace law.
‘That makes this ongoing work all the more important, and is why we are so proud to continue working alongside our Top Global Employers, and the FCO, to ensure that LGBT people can be protected and feel welcome at work, wherever they are.’
Now in its sixth year, the Global Workplace Equality Index is reaching more people than ever before –this year’s participants collectively employ over 1.6 million people.
Criteria in the GWEI which organisations are marked on are: employee policy, training, staff engagement, leadership, monitoring, procurement, community engagement and understanding local context, global mobility, and additional in-country activity
In addition to the Index, Stonewall also produces resources to help multi-national corporates best understand how to embed an inclusive culture for LGBT staff.
This includes the Stonewall Global Workplace Briefings, which advise employers on creating equal workplaces around the world, and outline around the legal and socio-cultural structure that LGBT people in those countries face.
Briefings are currently available in countries including: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Kenya and Mexico and Singapore.
Stonewall also this week published a Global Mobility Guide, which highlights and addresses the challenges that LGBT people might face when travelling abroad for work.
Read the full Global Workplace Equality Index report here.