- Stonewall UK has named Newcastle City Council as the UK’s most inclusive employer as it publishes its top 100 list.
Stonewall has named its top 100 employers for LGBT people in the UK – with Newcastle City Council ranked first.
The LGBT campaign organisation has also produced a separate list of the top employers for trans people.
The top ranked organisations in the main list are dominated by local and national government. Alongside Newcastle City Council, they include Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, the Ministry of Justice, the National Assembly for Wales and Welsh Government.
However housing association Gentoo Group, law firm Pinsent Masons, pharmaceutical giant GSK and Citi bank also made it into the top 10, alongside Cardiff University.
Overall, Stonewall says it looks at employers’ LGBT policies, staff network group, community engagement, senior leadership, and allies and role models.
Outside the organisation, Stonewall looks at whether they use inclusive suppliers and how they treat customers. However, that is less of a focus than staff welfare.
What is Newcastle City Council doing right?
Newcastle City Council, in northeast England, has been the highest-ranking local authority in the list for the last three years. It has 5,000 employees.
Incidentally, Newcastle is also home to Northern Pride and will be hosting UK Pride this summer.
Stonewall said it has embedded ‘LGBT inclusion throughout the council, from employee policies, to recruitment practices, to internal communications’.
It added: ‘The council leads the way in its support for trans staff, service users and communities, working closely with local trans organisations to raise awareness of trans experiences.
‘Its active LGBT staff network group runs a reverse mentoring scheme for senior leaders, helping them to better understand the lived experiences of LGBT staff.
As well as joining in Pride in the city, the network held events for Bi Visibility Day, International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), and Trans Day of Remembrance.
And it tries to bring together LGBT, people of faith, people of colour and people with disabilities.
Stonewall added: ‘The council also benefits from strong visible support from senior leaders across the organisation. Every opportunity is taken by council leaders, directors and senior managers to be vocal in their support of LGBT communities.’
The full list of top LGBT employers
Here’s Stonewall’s choice of the top 100 out of a record 500 employers who applied to be ranked.
1 Newcastle City Council
2 Gentoo Group
3 Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service
4 Pinsent Masons
5 Ministry of Justice
8 National Assembly for Wales
9 Welsh Government
10 Cardiff University
11 The University of Sheffield
=12 Baker McKenzie
=12 Skills Development Scotland
=12 Travers Smith
15 Slaughter and May
16 Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
17 Hogan Lovells
18 Home Group
=19 Clifford Chance
21 Youth Sport Trust
=22 Allen & Overy LLP
=22 Greater London Authority
24 University of South Wales Group
=25 Intellectual Property Office
=25 Victim Support
27 Credit Suisse
=28 Bank of America
=28 Sky UK
=30 Department for International Trade
34 Northumberland County Council
=35 Channel 4
=35 Environment Agency
=35 Eversheds Sutherland LLP
=35 Financial Ombudsman Service
39 Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
=40 De Montfort University
=40 Teesside University
=40 The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
=47 Swansea University
=47 The University of Manchester
=49 York St John University
=51 NHS Business Services Authority
=51 Taylor Wessing LLP
54 Nottingham City Homes
=55 Capgemini UK
=55 Leigh Day
=57 University of Essex
=59 Dentsu Aegis Network
=59 Financial Conduct Authority
=62 Leeds City Council
=62 Linklaters LLP
=64 House of Lords
=64 Mayer Brown International LLP
=64 The Home Office
=68 Nottinghamshire County Council
=68 Sussex Police
70 Bury Council
=72 Homes England
=72 University of the Arts London
74 Irwin Mitchell LLP
75 Oliver Wyman
=76 Enterprise Rent-A-Car
=76 University of Oxford
78 Government Legal Department
79 Coleg y Cymoedd
=80 Cheshire Constabulary
82 The British Army
=83 Leicestershire County Council
85 Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Services
86 House of Commons
89 University of Roehampton
=90 Lancashire Constabulary
=90 Royal Air Force
=90 Sheffield City Council
=93 Leicestershire Police
=93 Rhondda Cynon Taf Council
=93 Solicitors Regulation Authority
=93 St Mungo’s
=93 University of Reading
=93 University of the West of England, Bristol
99 Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service
100 Public Health Wales
Stonewall’s top trans employers
Stonewall has also listed the top employers for creating trans-inclusive workplaces. However, it has not ranked them in order.
Organisations scored credit by providing support for trans people during transition and allowing non-binary employees to be recognized on workplace systems.
Moreover, it looked for organisations that join in events like Trans Day of Visibility and that communicate to staff about trans issues.
Here’s the list:
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service
Department for International Trade
Newcastle City Council
Skills Development Scotland
The University of Sheffield
University of South Wales Group
York St John University