• Stonewall names eight firms as ‘star performers’ for workplace equality

  • 11 Dec 2014
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Employers recognised for consistent and exemplary support for gay staff

Equality campaign Stonewall has chosen eight organisations, which have consistently made the top 10 in its list of gay-friendly workplaces, to work with to develop pioneering workplace practices in a new programme launched today.

The Stonewall Star Performers, which include Accenture, Barclays, EY, Gentoo, Goldman Sachs, Home Office, IBM and Simmons & Simmons, will lead the development and dissemination of best practice in partnership with the campaign group.

The programme aims to pioneer initiatives that will define best practice for tomorrow, from launching global campaigns to revolutionising service delivery, and sharing expertise.

Under the programme the eight firms will actively mentor another employer who is working to create a workplace culture that is inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people. The aim of this process is to develop strategies to transform workplace cultures across the country, Stonewall said.

Each of the Star Performers has its own project. Accenture will research the impact that staff LGBT network groups can have on driving business and creating value for clients.

Barclays will launch a global campaign to engage straight allies and will hold events and awareness raising activities to increase the visibility of LGBT people in around the world.

Goldman Sachs will work with their offices in India to build momentum around their network group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff.

IBM will increase awareness of LGBT equality in offices around the world through a global mentoring programme.

Housing group Gentoo have committed to an ambitious programme of work to support older LGBT people in their homes as well as to help tackle domestic violence in same-sex relationships.

The Home Office plans to improve the situation for LGBT asylum seekers. And, working with Stonewall and LGBT staff, the department will review how those fleeing persecution are treated.

EY has pledged to strengthen its commitment to LGBT equality by increasing the visibility and reach of its LGBT network group to regional offices in Britain.

And Simmons & Simmons plans to change the way they engage with their suppliers and support them to improve their approach to workplace equality.

Ruth Hunt, Stonewall chief executive, said: “All eight of our Star Performers have consistently proved that they can make the world a better place for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. It is therefore only right that we harness their best practice and commitment to changing workplaces across the country and around the world. Each of our Star Performers has committed to an ambitious programme of work to improve the lives of LGBT people which will have real, tangible results. This takes workplace equality to the next level.”

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  • As much as I respect Stonewall I have little respect for this list. Would like to know the lists current staff profile across all minorities; not to mention their corporate culture and corporate responsibility in the community!