- Read our Chief Executive's Introduction
The Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2019, now in its fifteenth year, has been the largest yet. We’re immensely delighted by this year’s Top 100 Employers – and of all the 445 organisations that entered the 2019 Index – and I want to congratulate them for their continued progress on LGBT equality. You are leading the way in making workplaces more LGBT inclusive and ensuring that LGBT employees, customers and service users can be safe, accepted and respected across the UK.
Spanning diverse sectors from banking to healthcare, education to law and retail to government, the best employers are taking action to help create workplaces and services that, day by day, make a real and tangible difference to the lives of LGBT people. This year, many of our Top 100 Employers have not just led the way within their own organisations, they have also been strong voices campaigning for reform of the Gender Recognition Act, for marriage equality in Northern Ireland, for greater inclusivity in sport and more.
I’m particularly delighted that this year the Index recognises our very first Employer of the Year in Northern Ireland. This follows the 2018 launch of our Diversity Champions programme in Northern Ireland – a partnership between Stonewall and The Rainbow Project Northern Ireland who we are incredibly proud to be working with. Building on last year’s Top Trans Employers list, this year we also announce the first Bi-Inclusive Workplace Award winner. With almost two in five bi people (38 per cent) not comfortable enough to be out at work, there’s more to do on bi inclusion in UK workplaces; this award celebrates achievement and we hope will inspire others to follow.
Despite many employers making progress on workplace inclusion, much remains to be done. Our 2018 LGBT in Britain - Work report found almost one in five LGBT staff had been the target of negative comments or conduct from work colleagues over the last year because they are LGBT. Employees who are LGBT and black, Asian or minority ethnic, LGBT and disabled, or trans, are likely to face even greater workplace harassment or discrimination. Six times as many trans people report being physically attacked at work than LGB people who aren’t trans. Nineteen per cent of black, Asian and minority ethnic LGBT staff and 16 per cent of LGBT disabled staff report being denied jobs or promotions because of their identity, compared to 10 per cent for LGBT staff in general.
Changing things for the better needs us all to work together – across workplaces, across sectors, across communities – and using tools like the Workplace Equality Index helps systematically achieve sustainable change. Collectively, we can, and will, build a world where all LGBT people are accepted without exception. So, thank you to all of our Top 100 and to every one of the 445 organisations who took part in this year’s Index and here’s to working together to continue to change the world.
Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive, Stonewall
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of lesbian and gay respondents feel able to be themselves in the workplace.
of bi men and bi women (25 per cent and 24 per cent respectively) feel they have visible bi role models in their workplace.
of trans respondents feel that they have visible trans role models in their workplace.
of non-LGBT respondents say that they support LGBT equality.