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Yorkshire and Humber storm up top 100 employers from LGBT charity, Stonewall

Yorkshire and Humber boasts seven organisations in the Top 100 Employers list from lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity Stonewall.

Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers is the definitive list showcasing the best employers for lesbian, gay and bi staff and is compiled from submissions to the Workplace Equality Index, a powerful benchmarking tool used by employers to create inclusive workplaces.

Local government Sheffield City Council shines in position 41, making huge progress from their position as 88 in the 2015 index. It has done exceptionally well this year by continuing to create an inclusive environment where LGBT employees feel like they can be themselves.

Community outreach organisation Touchstone continues its excellent work and rank in position 50, closely followed by the new entrant law firm DWF, which placed at 56.

Three education providers in the Yorkshire and Humber also make this year’s Index, including the University of Sheffield in at 61, in joint place with York St John University, followed by Leeds Beckett University at 64.

York St John has worked incredibly hard this year by continuing to create an inclusive environment for LGBT staff. The university has been ahead of the curve and have put their support behind some really important projects, including the York Launch of Stonewall’ Christian LGBT Role Models book, which they hosted. With more submissions than ever before, to build on last year’s rank is a real achievement, and its place in the Top 100 is very well deserved.

New entrant ASDA has performed outstandingly well with LGBT outreach work this year. It has produced a video profiling their trans staff members, which aims to educate new starters on its diversity and inclusion policies.

Josh Willacy, client account manager at Stonewall, said: “This year the Diversity Champions in the Yorkshire have exceeded themselves, working tirelessly to improve the working lives of lesbian, gay bisexual and trans staff, as well as making an impact on wider communities.

“Earlier this year we saw Stonewall’s #EqualatWork conference come to Leeds, and the networking and sharing of best practice that took place was both exciting and empowering. We know that one in four LGBT staff members aren’t out at work and this dips to 19 per cent in the Yorkshire region, so the work that the organisations we work with have put in is both admirable and necessary.”

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