People perform better when they can be themselves - Stonewall has stood by this motto since it first began engaging with employers through the Diversity Champions programme.
But what does that mean? And what can employers do to create an environment where all employees are able to reach their full potential? Taking part in the Workplace Equality Index is an effective way to measure your efforts to tackle discrimination and create an inclusive workplace for your lesbian, gay and bisexual employees.
If your organisation is not a member of either programme and you would like to make a submission to the Workplace Equality Index, please contact the Stonewall Workplace Team at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Top 100 Employers 2016
This year, 12 Welsh Employers were featured in Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers list, 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.
This year saw over 400 organisations take part in the Index, the highest number in its 12 year history. Each participant must demonstrate their expertise in 10 distinct areas of employment policy and practice, including networking groups, career development, training, and community engagement.
Top 12 employers in Wales
1. Lloyds Banking Group
2. National Assembly for Wales
3. Victim Support Cymru
4. Welsh Government
5. Cardiff University
6. Office for National Statistics
7. Swansea University
8. Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
9. Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
10. Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council
11. Carmarthenshire County Council
Across Britain, Lloyds Banking Group and the National Assembly for Wales take 2nd and 3rd place, while Cardiff University leads the education sector at number 20. Four Welsh organisations - Swansea University, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council – make the Top 100 for the first time.
Andrew White, Stonewall Cymru Director said:
With 12 Welsh employers in this year’s index and 4 new entries into the Top 100, Wales is punching above its weight in supporting LGBT equality. Making the list is a huge achievement and I’d like to thank all of those organisations for their continued efforts to ensure that their lesbian, gay, bi, and trans staff feel comfortable to bring their whole selves to work and are accepted without exception.