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Lloyds Banking Group tops Stonewall’s inclusive employer list


Lloyds Banking Group has been named the most inclusive employer in Britain by lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) charity Stonewall in its Top 100 Employers list for 2017.

  • Banking firm comes top in LGBT group Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index

  • Most competitive Stonewall Index ever receives 439 submissions

  • Legal and housing organisations feature most in Top 10

  • Local government, education and healthcare dominate Top 100

Lloyds Banking Group has been named the most inclusive employer in Britain by lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) charity Stonewall in its Top 100 Employers list for 2017.  

The banking firm, which came second in the 2016 list, launched a new colleague volunteering programme, forming official partnerships with LGBT charities. This includes trans youth charity Mermaids, elder LGBT organisation Opening Doors London and the Albert Kennedy Trust, for homeless LGBT youth, volunteering over 1,000 hours and raising £30,000 for them throughout the year.

They’ve also supported Bi Awareness Day and Transgender Day of Visibility, with new training tools, social media campaigns, and by flying the bisexual flag and transgender flags at 35 of their key sites.

Law firm Pinsent Masons came second (up from fifth in 2016), followed by bank J.P. Morgan (41 in 2016).

The Top 100 Employers list, created by lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) equality charity Stonewall, is 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 439 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.

More than 92,000 staff from across these organisations also took part in an anonymous survey about their employers’ attitudes towards workplace culture, diversity, and inclusion, making it one of the largest national employment surveys in Britain.  This is an enormous increase from approximately 60,000 respondents in 2016.

Top performing organisations

The top performing organisations in each sector are:

  • Defence and Security: MI5 (5)
  • Banking and Finance: Lloyds Banking Group
  • Education: Cardiff University (23)
  • Emergency Services: Cheshire Fire & Rescue (8)
  • Energy: BP (51)
  • Government: National Assembly for Wales (5)
  • Health and Social Care: St Andrew’s Healthcare (43)
  • Housing: Tower Hamlets Homes (12)
  • Insurance: Aviva (39)
  • Legal: Pinsent Masons (2)
  • Leisure and Arts: Tate (89)
  • Local Government: Leicestershire County Council (36)
  • Professional Services: KPMG LLP (10)
  • Retail: Asda (25)
  • Technology: Fujitsu (48)
  • Third Sector: Victim Support Cymru (20)

Star Performers

Eight organisations that have ‘graduated’ the Workplace Equality Index hold Star Performer status. These are organisations that have consistently exceled and gone above and beyond in demonstrating their commitment to LGBT inclusion at work.

  • Accenture
  • Barclays
  • EY
  • Gentoo
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Home Office
  • Simmons & Simmons
  • Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Read the full results of Stonewall’s 2016 Top 100 Employers