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Top Global Employers for LGBT staff

Posted on July 3, 2017 – 11:11 amNo Comment | 100 views

Stonewall, the lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity announced its Top Global Employers for 2017.  They are:

 

  • Accenture

  • Baker & McKenzie

  • Barclays

  • BP plc

  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

  • Herbert Smith Freehills

  • HSBC

  • Pinsent Masons

  • RBS

  • Simmons & Simmons

  • Thomson Reuters

  • Vodafone

Stonewall’s Global Top Employers list celebrates the pioneering efforts of leading organisations to create inclusive workplaces and advance equality for LGBT people wherever they are in the world.  It’s compiled from submissions to the Global Workplace Equality Index (GWEI): a powerful benchmarking tool used by employers to create inclusive workplaces across the markets in which they operate.

Boris Johnson, Foreign Secretary, said: “‘It’s an honour to join Stonewall in recognizing the efforts and achievements of these top global businesses which have done so much to increase equality for LGBT people across the world.  We have a proud history in the UK of championing LGBT rights and equality and civil society and businesses have played a key role in helping us become a diverse and welcoming country. We also know that the most cosmopolitan societies attract the best talent from every corner of the world, which is good for business and for economic growth.  When civil society and businesses work together in the spirit of genuine partnership they can bring real benefits to the communities they serve.”

Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive, Stonewall said: “LGBT people face discrimination, violence and isolation in every country in the world. Consensual same-sex activity remains illegal in 72 countries, and is punishable by death in eight. In more than half the world, LGBT people may not be protected from discrimination by workplace law. That makes this ongoing work all the more important, and is why we are so proud to continue working alongside our Top Global Employers, and the FCO, to ensure that LGBT people can be protected and feel welcome at work, wherever they are.”

Now in its sixth year, the Global Workplace Equality Index is reaching more people than ever before –this year’s participants collectively employ over 1.6 million people.

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