Virgin Money has been named as one of the most inclusive employers in Britain by lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity Stonewall in its Top 100 Employers list for 2019. Placing at 47 on this year’s list we are delighted to receive the recognition for our continued commitment LGBT workplace inclusion. This year’s Top 100 was the largest ever with 445 employers entering, demonstrating their commitment to LGBT workplace inclusion.
Jo Walker, Virgin Money’s Affinity Pride Network Chair said:
We are absolutely delighted to have made another phenomenal jump in the Stonewall Top 100 employers list to 47 this year. This a recognition for all our colleagues who have helped organise and attended LGBT events, those who’ve written articles, guides and so much more. Fostering an environment that is inclusive for everyone is at the heart of everything we do and we are phenomenally proud that everyone’s hard work has been recognised in the Stonewall listing.
As part of the Top 100, Stonewall collects more than 92,000 anonymous responses from employees on their experience of Britain’s workplace culture and diversity.
Darren Towers, Stonewall’s Executive Director said:
Virgin Money and all those who have made this year’s Top 100 Employers list are making a huge difference to workplaces, services and communities across the UK. LGBT-inclusive employers play a crucial role in changing society by using their power and influence to protect and support LGBT people. More than a third of LGBT staff (35 per cent) still hide their identity at work for fear of discrimination; that has an impact on productivity, wellbeing and more and shows we still have lots to do. However, with organisations like Virgin Money displaying such a strong commitment to LGBT equality, we are one step closer to creating a world where all lesbian, gay, bi and trans employees are welcomed and accepted without exception.
Stonewall’s Top 100 is compiled from submissions to the Workplace Equality Index, a powerful benchmarking tool used by employers to assess their achievements and progress on LGBT equality in the workplace, as well as their wider work in the community and on service provision.
Each organisation must demonstrate their expertise in 10 areas of employment policy and practice, including networking groups, senior leadership, procurement and how well they’ve engaged with LGBT communities.