Victim Support, Touchstone, Barnardo’s and St Mungo’s have all kept their places in Stonewall’s annual list of the top 100 LGBT employers in Britain.
The organisations are the only four charities to appear in Stonewall's Top 100 Employers list for the third year in a row.
Victim Support has risen from 14th place in 2017 to 10th position in the 2018 index. Touchstone has also moved up the list, from 28th place in 2017 to 20th place, while Barnardo’s has dropped slightly, from 68th place last year to 71st in 2018. St Mungo’s has moved back down to 72nd this year, from 43rd in 2017, putting it back at its 2016 level.
Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers showcases the best employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff. It is compiled from submissions to the Workplace Equality Index – a benchmarking tool used by employers to create inclusive workplaces.
This year’s overall winner is the National Assembly for Wales, followed by law firm Pinsent Masons in second and housing association Gentoo in third.
Ruth Hunt, chief executive of Stonewall, said: “At Stonewall, we’re incredibly proud that employers continue to champion inclusion and push equality forward. It’s the everyday actions we take, from staff training to profiling role models, that help create a workplace – and so a world – where LGBT people are treated with dignity and respect.”
Alison Lowe, chief exective of Touchstone, said: “Touchstone is delighted to be named a Stonewall Top 100 LGBT-Friendly employer for the fifth year running; being placed 20th nationally. This huge honour would not have been possible without the passion and bravery of all our staff who fight for the right to individuality for all our communities every day and who proudly bring their authentic selves to work. Thank you too to Stonewall who have supported Touchstone every step of the way and who enable us to be unashamedly ambitious in our quest to be a safe and tolerant employer for every member of staff, every day of every year”.
Javed Khan, chief executive of Barnardo’s, said: “If Barnardo’s is to fully understand and meet the needs of LGBTQ children and young people then it is vital that it has a workforce that is inclusive of its LGBT staff and volunteers. Barnardo’s has long supported LGBT equality - we campaigned strongly for LGBT adoption and led the way in placing children in secure, safe, loving homes.
“Equality and inclusion are at the heart of everything the charity does - from the way it supports children and young people to who works or volunteers for the charity. Building a diverse Barnardo’s is a core part of its ten year corporate strategy.”