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Stonewall announces Top Global Employers

  • 13 companies commended by Stonewall for efforts to create inclusive global workplaces

  • UK Ambassador in Ukraine presents Stonewall’s 2018 Top Global Employers Awards

  • Legal companies dominate Top Global Employers list

Stonewall, the lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity, today (Thursday 19 July 2018) announces its Top Global Employers for 2018.

At an event held this evening in London, supported by Herbert Smith Freehills, Ambassador of the United Kingdom in Ukraine Judith Gough CMG will deliver a keynote speech, while Stonewall CEO Ruth Hunt will present the awards.

In no particular order, the Top Global Employers for 2018 named by Stonewall are:

  • Accenture
  • Allen & Overy
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Barclays PLC
  • BP
  • Dentons
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • Pinsent Masons
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • SAP
  • Simmons & Simmons
  • Vodafone Group Plc
  • Zurich Insurance Group

Stonewall’s Top Global 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 international markets in which they operate.

Special awards will be given to three of the Top Global Employers. Accenture will receive the Global Ally Programme Award and Global Community Engagement Award, while Baker McKenzie collects the Global LGBT Network Award. Vittorio Colao, group CEO of Vodafone Group Plc is to be recognised with the Global Senior Champion Award.

Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive, Stonewall said: ‘LGBT people face discrimination, violence and isolation in every country in the world. In more than 70 countries, consensual same-sex activity remains illegal, and the death penalty exists in eight. Only six countries allow trans people to self-determine their gender.

‘At a time when global LGBT rights are under threat of going backwards, we’re proud to work alongside our Top Global Employers, who operate in some extremely difficult contexts, to ensure all people are protected and welcome at work, wherever they are.’

Now in its seventh year, the Global Workplace Equality Index, this year’s participants collectively employ over 1.2 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 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, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, India, Italy, The Philippines, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Turkey and UK.

Read the full Global Workplace Equality Index report.