Global financial Services group, Macquarie, first became a Top 100 Employer in 2016 and achieved the 33rd position in 2020. They’ve risen to the top of the list this year after continuing to build on their inclusion work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
They recognise that investing in diversity, equity and inclusion is not only the right thing to do for their 17,000 employees worldwide, it also helps the business remain innovative and sustainable.
In the UK, LGBTQ+ inclusion is embedded throughout every stage of an employee’s journey, from recruitment and induction to internal communications and training, to career development and appraisals.
Policies, processes, and benefits are regularly reviewed and improved to ensure they meet the needs of all LGBTQ+ employees. Understanding that everyone holds multiple identities, they do this holistically to ensure their policies meet the needs of all underrepresented groups. An example of this is their buddy programme for new employees, offering them the chance to choose a buddy with a shared identity (such as East Asian and gay). They also run an LGBTQ+ inclusive sponsorship programme, which provides employees whose identities are underrepresented at senior management levels with senior leader sponsors who have training to understand and mitigate the barriers faced by people from these groups.
Their active LGBTQ+ employee network group, Pride, provides confidential support for all employees and dedicated spaces for LGBTQ+ staff to share their experiences. The group is regularly consulted on Macquarie’s inclusion work and runs a formal ‘reverse mentoring’ scheme to support senior leaders to develop their understanding of an LGBTQ+ inclusive workplace.
Macquarie has also led on a wide range of awareness-raising activities, including resources on how to be a bi and trans ally, events about trans and non-binary experiences, and campaigns focused on the needs of LGBTQ+ people from an ethnic minority background and LGBTQ+ parents.
Their support for LGBTQ+ equity extends to their supply chains, customers, clients, and communities across the UK. Both the organisation and the Pride network have provided consistent support and funding to LGBTQ+ community initiatives throughout the pandemic, including matching employees with LGBTQ+ charities in need of their skills.
Macquarie’s exemplary work makes them worthy winners of this year’s top spot.