Victim Support, Touchstone, St Mungo’s and Barnardo’s have all kept their places in Stonewall’s annual list of the top 100 LGBT employers in Britain.
The four organisations have remained the only four charities to appear in Stonewall's Top 100 Employers list for the second year in a row. Victim Support has fallen from 14th place in 2016 to 20th position in the 2017 index.
Touchstone has moved up the list, from 50th in 2016 to 28th place, while St Mungo’s has moved up from 72nd place to 43rd. Barnardo’s has also moved up the list, from 86th place last year to 68th place this year.
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.
Lloyd’s Banking Group was named the most inclusive employer in Britain, with law firm Pinsent Masons coming second and bank J.P. Morgan coming in third.
The Workplace Equality Index had 439 employers participating this year, the largest number of submissions ever, with 91,248 employees from across Britain taking part in Stonewall’s staff feedback questionnaire.
Ruth Hunt, chief executive of Stonewall, said that the 2018 index will be the first to include gender identity criteria.
She said: “The 2018 Index will be the first in a new three-year cycle. Informed by feedback, consultation and the best practice we’ve gathered, gender identity criteria will be fully integrated into the new Index. I’m proud that, for the first time, organisations will have to demonstrate their commitment to trans inclusion before they can be recognised as a Stonewall Top 100 employer.”
Javed Khan, chief executive of Barnardo’s, said: “We’re very proud that Barnardo’s has once again made Stonewall’s top 100 employers and that we have moved up the ranking in such a competitive year.
“We are a role model for workplace diversity and inclusion and can demonstrate this from the very top and throughout the charity. We take this commitment very seriously and strive to make Barnardo’s a great place for everyone to work. We will continue to do so in the future.”