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Top Global Employers 2019


Stonewall’s list of the best multinational employers for lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) staff.

The list is compiled from submissions to Stonewall’s Global Workplace Equality Index: a powerful benchmarking tool used by employers to create inclusive workplaces across the markets in which they operate.

Read our chief executive's introduction

In recent years, there’s been great progress in lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) rights in many countries throughout the world. Yet despite this, the fight is far from over.

There’s been a row back on the few protections LGBT people have and some countries are becoming increasingly repressive, with LGBT people facing widespread discrimination, violence and persecution.

Multinational employers have a vital role to play in changing this. Employers have the power to create not only more inclusive workplaces but inclusive communities.

The best employers drive LGBT equality by ensuring that LGBT people are safe, supported and able to be themselves, wherever they are working. They can also build meaningful relationships with local LGBT groups and use their influence to encourage others, such as government and supply chains, to advance the rights of LGBT people.

Stonewall’s Global Workplace Equality Index provides employers with the tools necessary to map out how to make this a reality.

Every year, we celebrate the successes of those employers who have made a demonstrable impact towards LGBT inclusion. Those featured in our 2019 report have used innovative policies and initiatives to create change. They’ve also engaged with LGBT equality on both a local and global level. We are proud to highlight the great work they’ve done and we want other organisations to be inspired and take their lead.

However, to ensure all LGBT people are accepted without exception, more needs to be done. There are still many ways that organisations, including our Top Global Employers, can improve the situation for LGBT people throughout the world.

With the huge variety in circumstances for LGBT people globally, multinational employers need to step up and recognise the different challenges that different groups in LGBT communities throughout the world face. To make equality a reality, we must ensure that every part of the LGBT community, wherever they are, benefits from the advances we make. To this end, the 2019 Global Workplace Equality Index specifically assessed bi inclusion for the first time.

For now, join me in congratulating out 2019 Top Global Employers and all those who entered the Global Workplace Equality Index. They are at the forefront of driving LGBT inclusion in the global workplace and we are incredibly proud to work with them. With their continued partnership, we can work to ensure that all lesbian, gay, bi and trans employees are accepted without exception, wherever they are in the world.

Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive



Organisations that have earned a place as one of our Top Global Employers 2019 are listed below in alphabetical order.


482,000 employees. Operating in 120 countries.

“It is an incredible honour to be recognised together with other leading companies and we are grateful to Stonewall for continuing to raise the bar and encourage us and other leaders to do more to advance equality for all.” Sander van ‘t Noordende, Group Chief Executive – Products, and Executive Pride Sponsor

Allen & Overy

5,522 employees. Operating in 31 countries.

“We are committed to making progress in this important area and we all take responsibility for ensuring our LGBT+ colleagues and clients feel welcome, valued and included.” Wim Dejonghe, Senior Partner

Baker McKenzie

13,000 employees. Operating in 46 countries.

“Global businesses can influence local culture in the jurisdictions in which they work, far beyond the walls of the offices from which they operate. To be recognised by Stonewall as a Top Global Employer confirms to us that our firm is helping to set the standard for LGBT+ inclusion in a global business.” Constanze Ulmer-Eilfort, Committee Chair, Global Diversity & Inclusion Committee


80,000 employees. Operating in over 40 countries.

“It is an important milestone to be recognised as a Top Global Employer, since it demonstrates our commitment to LGBT+ inclusion and is indicative of the progress we are making. But true inclusion is still an aspiration, hence we need to work together to make it a reality.” Paulette Cohen, Head of Diversity and Inclusion


73,000 employees. Operating in 78 countries.

“BP is a global company, so embracing the varied cultural and personal perspectives all our employees have is vital. It’s great to see the quiet, deliberate and persistent work we have done in this space being recognised externally.” Lucy Knight, Head of HR, Corporate & Functions and Head of D&I

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

5,000 employees. Operating in 16 countries.

“It is crucial that our industry works hard to support LGBT equality within the workplace and wider community. Our commitment to LGBT rights is part of our core strategy and we consistently work to ensure that LGBT colleagues are supported across our global network.” Edward Braham, Senior Partner


98,500 employees. Operating in 150 countries.

“In our industry, innovation isn’t a buzzword. It is the bedrock of everything that we do. Innovation in healthcare happens when groups of people who are different join together with a common aim. Supporting LGBT+ inclusion is just one of the ways that organisations can celebrate difference and spark innovation.” Brian McNamara, CEO, GSK Consumer Healthcare

Herbert Smith Freehills

4,930 employees. Operating in 18 countries.

“Global employers have an important role in establishing safe, empowering and inclusive cultures where everyone can bring their authentic selves to work. Global organisations should use the influence we have to advocate for better places for LGBT+ people across the world.” Justin D'Agostino, Asia Managing Partner and Global IRIS Network Chair


235,000 employees. Operating in 66 countries.

“We know just how important this citation is to our employees, customers, suppliers and communities. This is truly a moment of pride and a testament to our colleagues’ efforts to create an environment where our people can thrive.” Birgit Neu, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion

Pinsent Masons

3,165 employees. Operating in 24 countries.

“We believe that inclusivity is critical if business is to work better for people, and that creating an environment where our workforce can be confident in bringing their whole selves to work is crucial. We hope that our recognition as a Top Global Employer will help to continue the conversation on inclusion globally.” Richard Foley, Senior Partner, Pinsent Masons


66,025 employees. Operating in 11 countries.

“The Stonewall index rightly expects the bank to navigate the challenge of upholding inclusive values and LGBT equality regardless of where in the world we operate. It provides organisations like ours clear and rigorous guidance which we have a responsibility to develop into action plans.” Jane Hinchliffe, Head of Colleague Proposition


91,000 employees. Operating in more than 130 countries.

“Diversity and inclusion can bring tremendous benefits for companies in the areas of employee engagement, innovation, and understanding your customers. SAP is strongly committed to Diversity and Inclusion, Human Rights, and Sustainability. Stonewall’s Top Global Employer recognition shows that we walk the walk.” Miguel Castro, Senior Director for Inclusive Culture

Simmons & Simmons

2,056 employees. Operating in 14 countries.

“Employers should offer a supportive and inclusive environment for all, allowing employees to bring their whole selves to work and reach their full potential, irrespective of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. This is particularly important in jurisdictions that may not protect LGBT+ rights.” Amanda Lees, Partner, Singapore


108,271 employees. Operating in 25 countries.

“Inclusion is a key pillar of Vodafone’s purpose. The Stonewall Top Global Employer award provides us with confidence that we continue to move in the right direction for all our staff regardless of which country they live in.” Ninian Wilson, Global Supply Chain Management Director & LGBT Exec Sponsor

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A number of our Top Global Employers have also been recognised with awards due to their leadership in particular areas of global LGBT inclusion. Explore this year’s award winners and their work below.

Insights from the Index


For the first time ever, 100% of entrants have one or more global senior champion(s) for LGBT equality.


of entrants have a global team or position working on LGBT diversity and inclusion – up from 88 per cent in 2018.


of entrants have at least some in-country chapters of LGBT employee network groups outside the UK. That’s five per cent more than last year.


of entrants have partnered with local LGBT groups in at least some of their operational countries.


of entrants have a global Allies programme with over 130,000 formally signed-up allies across the world. That’s 11 per cent more entrants than in 2018.


of entrants have policies that protect LGBT staff from discrimination across all of their global operations – 16 per cent more than last year.


of entrants provide healthcare benefits that support medical transitioning to trans staff in at least some of their operational countries.


of entrants have senior leaders who advocated externally for legal equality for LGBT people in partnership with local LGBT groups.


of entrants have a global strategy to build long-lasting and safe partnerships with LGBT equality organisations.


of entrants have a transitioning at work policy covering more than half of their countries of operation and including information for the transitioning individual, their manager and colleagues. That’s five per cent more than last year.


of entrants’ global senior champions engaged in activities to advance bi equality. In 2019, the Global Workplace Equality Index specifically assessed bi inclusion for the first time.


million people, across nine sectors, are collectively employed by this year's participating employers.

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